Deadline extended for queen contestents

While the initial deadline to register as a contestant for the 2005 Fun in the Sun queen pageant was last Friday, organizers still are seeking teen girls to participate in the annual event.
Dawn Booth, who is co-organizing this year’s pageant with Melissa Gushulak and Cheryl Hoard, said three contestants have registered, but added there are several other registration forms out there that haven’t been turned in yet.
“Because we’ve got three girls confirmed, we’d definitely be willing to wait until this Friday [June 3],” stressed Booth, adding organizers will need at least five or six contestants to make it worthwhile to stage the pageant.
Booth said if there’s any teenage girls out there who want to get involved, they can give her a call at 274-5773 or pick up an entry form at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office (located across from Safeway).
As in previous years, participants must be girls aged 15 and 19 and residents of Rainy River District.
They also must be able to commit to participating in various events throughout the year should they win the crown, or the title of First or Second Princess.
If the pageant goes ahead, the queen contestants will be required to sell buttons and take part in a variety of events and activities, including the Strawberry Social, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Mini-Queen pageant, and Canada Day parade, as well as participating in the entertainment night and crowning on July 1.
Participants will be rewarded for their efforts with various scholarships and prizes, as well as the title of “Miss Fun in the Sun.” Details for prizes still are being worked out.
Last year saw five contestants vying for the crown, which was won by Alyssa Bruyere. Shana Morrison was named First Princess and Erika Johnson as Second Princess.