Five queen hopefuls start busy schedule

The five contestants vying for the Fun in the Sun queen title this year now are out and about, meeting the public and helping out with various activities leading up to the July 1 crowning.
This year’s contestants are Alyssa Bruyere, sponsored by Heron Landing Golf Course, Erika Johnson (Nickel Lake Lumber), Carissa Makarchuk (Rick Godbout Logging), Shana Morrison (Selective Services), and Danielle Shine (Abzac Canada Inc.)
They helped out yesterday at the “Strawberry Social” hosted by the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary at the Memorial Sports Centre.
But that’s just the beginning of a solid two weeks’ worth of public appearances by the quintet of contestants, noted Dawn Booth, a Fun in the Sun committee member who has teamed up with Sherri Puddicombe and Cheryl McCallum to organize the pageant.
Today the contestants were voicing commercials for B93-FM while tomorrow they’ll be in front of the museum on Scott Street selling tickets for the Fun in the Sun raffle.
The raffle has three cash prizes of $1,000 up for grabs, with proceeds going towards the July 1 fireworks.
Tickets cost $2 each or three for $5. A total of 6,000 tickets have been printed, with the draw to be made July 5.
Then on Saturday, the five queen contestants will be at Wal-Mart to help out with a fundraiser there, including a barbecue and dunk tank.
They will be delivering “Meals on Wheels” to local residents on Monday through Wednesday evening next week, then they’ll be out for the BIA’s annual “Mall Day” next Thursday (June 24).
All five also will be at Pither’s Point on Friday, June 25 to help out with the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual “Relay for Life,” as well as be back on Scott Street in front of the museum selling tickets for the FITS raffle.
Then on Saturday, June 26, they’ll be at the Fun in the Sun mini-queen contest, which is slated for 11 a.m. at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market.
Booth noted they’re also organizing some sort of fundraiser for that day, but added details still are being worked out.
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, June 27 at a location still to be determined, said Booth.
Monday, June 28 will be the entertainment night for the contestants, with other details such as the time and location still being determined.
On Tuesday, June 29, the contestants will get a chance to step out of the limelight to work on their floats for the July 1 parade, but they’ll be back out in the public eye Wednesday, June 30 for the Fort Frances Public Library’s annual Teddy Bear 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.
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. on July 1 at Pither’s Point.
Booth noted the prizes for the winners still are being lined up, though adding as in previous years, the FITS queen and the First and Second Princess 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.