FITS queen contestants set to perform

The five contestants in this year’s Fun in the Sun queen pageant will take to the stage here Monday evening for the entertainment night portion of their quest to see who will be crowned July 1.
Dawn Booth, a Fun in the Sun committee member who has teamed up with Sherri Puddicombe and Cheryl McCallum to organize the pageant, said yesterday the event will be held at 7 p.m. at Warp 9.
“The girls are going to be doing a fashion show and a couple other activities,” she noted.
The five will be modelling outfits meant to represent their individual personality and style, as well as sportswear, an outfit representing their individual sponsors, formal wear, and a special “Mardi Gras costume” to tie in with the theme of this year’s Fun in the Sun celebration.
Booth noted the program also will see the five contestants—Alyssa Bruyere (Heron Landing Golf Course), Erika Johnson (Nickel Lake Lumber), Carissa Makarchuk (Rick Godbout Logging), Shana Morrison (Selective Services), and Danielle Shine (Abzac Canada Inc.)—do a couple group dance numbers and some public speaking.
The program should last about 60-90 minutes, added Booth.
Tickets for the entertainment night are available now at the Chamber of Commerce office (474 Scott St.) or from any of the five contestants. They cost $5 in advance or $7 at the door.
Booth noted the queen contestants will have a very busy schedule both before and after Monday night’s event.
They were out and about on Scott Street yesterday for the BIA’s annual “Mall Day.” And all five will be at Pither’s Point this evening to help out with the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual “Relay for Life.”
Then tomorrow (Saturday), they’ll be at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market for a fundraiser car wash from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The queen contestants then will put on aprons and get in the kitchen to make a spaghetti dinner for their families and sponsors at a mix-n-mingle on Sunday.
The five will get a chance to step out of the limelight on Tuesday (June 29) to work on their floats for the July 1 parade, but they’ll be back in the public eye on Wednesday for the Fort Frances Public Library’s annual Teddy Bears Picnic at the Legion Park.
Finally, Canada Day will see all five aboard their floats in the parade, which starts at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre and heads west down Scott Street to the TD Bank.
Then they will hold a picnic basket auction at Pither’s Point at 1:30 p.m., followed by a “Build a Sandcastle for a Queen” contest from 3-4 p.m.
The crowning is slated for 6 p.m. at Pither’s Point.
Booth noted the prizes for the winners still are being lined up, but added, as in previous years, that the FITS queen and the First and Second Princesses will receive scholarships, among other things.
After that hectic schedule, Booth said the contestants will get a chance to unwind when organizers take them on a camping trip July 2-3.