‘Daytime Land’ opened today

While the anglers are out on the lake, youngsters will be kept busy with everything from inflatable attractions to a petting zoo at the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship “Kids’ Daytime Land,” which opened earlier today at the Sorting Gap Marina.
“The tournament is about a lot of things in addition to fishing. We’re always looking to continue developing daytime,” said FFCBC spokesperson Bud Edwards.
Part of developing daytime events has been expanding and re-designing the “Kids’ Daytime Land.”
This year version includes everything from Airbounce toys and a children’s sandbox to face-painting and basketball tosses. On Friday and Saturday, a petting zoo for young animal lovers also will be on hand.
“The sandbox attracted kids instantly,” Edwards said. “The kids were playing in the sandbox almost immediately after we set it up [on the weekend] and when we were ready to go home, they weren’t.”
Organizers also have planned a host of activities, from daily minnow races and loonie hunts to one-time events such as the pizza-eating contest tomorrow at 1 p.m. or a kids’ magic show Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at noon.
Kids also are invited to “Bobber’s” first birthday bash Saturday to celebrate the newest edition to the tournament.
Edwards said in the past, there was a concern that “Daytime Land” was on the road and that kids jumping on the inflatable toys possibly could fall out and onto the pavement.
This year, kids will enjoy their own area at the bass tournament with “Daytime Land” constructed on the grass.
“It’s one half of my dream,” Edwards said. “We’re hoping to make it even bigger next year.”