FITS plans taking shape

Fun in the Sun activities are scheduled from Thursday, June 29 to Saturday, July 1, and organizers want everyone to know there’s many ways they can be a part of the celebrations.
FITS committee member Dawn Booth said organizers are looking for more people to set up food booths at Pither’s Point Park on Canada Day, as well as local entertainers to perform on the stage under the big tent there that day.
She also wants more individuals and groups to decorate and enter floats in the Canada Day parade, which will follow the theme “Wild, Wild West”—as will the rest of the FITS activities this year.
Booth noted prizes will be awarded for “Best Theme,” “Best Overall,” and one for the float best representing the spirit of Canada Day.
The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 1. The line-up will take place at the Shevlin wood yard, then proceed down Front Street to the hospital, down Victoria Avenue to Church Street, and west on Church Street to the Legion, where kids will get free ice cream.
Children also are encouraged to dress up and decorate their bikes for a “kiddie parade” which lines up at the same time as the main parade at the wood yard. Once again, the Legion Ladies Auxiliary will judge the best decorated among them and give out prizes.
Booth said the FITS committee also is looking for volunteers to lend a helping hand with the parade line-up, kids’ activities at Pither’s Point, or selling FITS raffle tickets (see details on the raffle below).
Anyone interested in hosting an event or activity, setting up a food booth, or volunteering is urged to contact Booth at 274-5773 or Paul Bock at 274-5301.
Those interested in performing on Canada Day should call Brittany Hayes at 274-9952.
< *c>Schedule
Thanks to the FITS committee, this next week-and-a-half will see several activities.
This Saturday (June 24) at the Church of the Holy Spirit (the old Clendenning’s building), the five FITS queen contestants will hold a bake and garage sale from 8-11:30 a.m.
Then on Thursday, June 29, the Business Improvement Association will hold its annual “Mall Day.” Expect sidewalk sales, kids’ activities, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family.
There also will be the 2006 Mini-Queen pageant, presented by Wood’s Sewing. This will start at 11 a.m. at a stage that will be set up on Scott Street.
Those wanting to enter this pageant must be aged four-seven as of June 15 and residents of Rainy River District.
Entry forms are available now at the Chamber office on Scott Street or from Gloria Wood. These must be turned in by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27.
A teen dance is slated for the evening of June 29 at the Memorial Sports Centre. More details about this still have to be worked out.
Then on Friday, June 30, the Fort Frances Public Library’s annual Teddy Bear Picnic will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Legion Park.
Meanwhile, English-style fish ’n chips will be served up hot and fresh from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church here.
There also will be activities tied into the “Meet Me at the Border” celebration both here and in International Falls. Details on these are expected to be announced soon.
Tentatively, Dragon Boat races are slated for 2 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina.
And the “Fun in the Sun” social, featuring live music, will be held that night from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. Tickets cost $5 each.
On Canada Day (July 1), the day will kick of with the annual pancake breakfast, presented by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, from 7-10 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost is $5.
This will be followed by the Canada Day parade at 11 a.m. Remember that kids will get ice cream at the Legion parking lot immediately following the parade.
Then the action shifts to Pither’s Point Park, where there will be food booths, kids’ games and activities, NASCAR ticket sales, live entertainment on stage, 50/50 Bingo from noon-6 p.m., a mixed horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m., and bathtub races at 3 p.m.
The Prior Lake Water Ski Show may be making a return here, too, but this is still being confirmed, said Booth.
There also will be the Miss Fun in the Sun picnic basket auction on stage at 3:30 p.m., with a question period to follow at 4 p.m. and then the crowning and awards presentation at 5 p.m.
The FITS celebrations will close with the spectacular fireworks display around 10 p.m. by Seven Oaks.
Of course, putting on “Fun in the Sun” costs money, and one way organizers are raising funds again this year is with its NASCAR raffle.
This year’s prize is tickets for the August NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn. or the November race in Phoenix, Ariz., as well as accommodations and travel money.
The draw date is Thursday, July 6.
Tickets cost $5 each, or three for $10. Volunteers recently have been selling tickets around town and will continue to do so until the draw date.
Call Bock at 274-5301 for more information.