‘Fun in the Sun’ ready to heat up

While Fun in the Sun is equated with the July 1 celebrations for some people, local residents and visitors alike can find lots to do in Fort Frances over the next week.
The local Business Improvement Association will keep Scott Street buzzing tomorrow with its annual “Mall Day” from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Something new to “Mall Day” this year is a BIA “poker passport.” Anyone 18 years or older can pick up their passport at a downtown store and have them stamped by businesses on the 100, 200, and 300 blocks of Scott Street.
Then they can turn in their passport for a poker hand at the BIA office (located inside the Rainy Lake Hotel).
The more businesses that have stamped the passport, the more cards you get to make your hand.
The best poker hand will win $300 in cash.
“Mall Day” also will feature sidewalk sales, specials at downtown restaurants, inflatables for kids, a karaoke contest at Howarth’s Home Centre, a photo contest and children’s colouring centre at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, a fish pond at “A Buck or Two,” a toddler play area at the Royal Bank, a “Name That Tune” contest at Sight & Sound at noon, and much more.
“Mall Day” also will see the five Fun in the Sun queen contestants—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.)—involved in several activities.
As well, there will be a Fun in the Sun Bingo on Scott Street tomorrow from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with proceeds going towards the July 1 fireworks display.
Then on Friday, Knox United Church will hold its pie and dessert sale there from 10 a.m.-2 .m. Meanwhile, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. John’s Anglican Church will hold its annual fish and chips sale.
The cost for that is $6 for adults and $3.50 for kids.
The queen contestants also will be out on Scott Street on Friday selling Fun in the Sun raffle tickets. Three cash prizes of $1,000 are up for grabs, with proceeds again 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 Monday, July 5.
Also Friday at 6 p.m., the local Canadian Cancer Society’s annual “Relay for Life” will get underway at Pither’s Point Park.
Then on Saturday, Wood’s Sewing Machines will hold its annual Mini-Queen contest at 11 a.m. at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market on McIrvine Road.
The contest is open to girls aged four-seven, with entry forms now available at the Chamber of Commerce office on Scott Street. Call 274-3189 for more info.
The five queen contestants also will be at the farmers’ market that day for a fundraising car wash from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $5.
Sunday will see a dart and cribbage tournament at the local Legion. For more info on this event, call 274-5541.
The FITS queen entertainment night will be held Monday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at a location to be announced. Tickets for this event cost $5 in advance or $7 at the door.
These are available at the Chamber office or from any of the queen contestants.
Then next Wednesday (June 30), the Fort Frances Public Library’s always popular Teddy Bear Picnic is slated for 11:30 a.m. at the Legion Park. Call 274-9870 to register.
Children’s entertainer Jake Chenier will be performing at noon.
And, of course, Canada Day promises to have a lot to offer, starting with the Legion ladies’ pancake breakfast from 7-9:30 a.m. at the Legion.
This will be followed by the Canada Day parade, which starts at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre and heads west down Scott Street to the TD Bank.
To enter a float or volunteer at the parade, call Fun in the Sun committee member Dawn Booth at 274-5773 (this year’s theme is “Mardi Gras”).
This parade will coincide with a kiddie parade, sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion.
Then the festivities move out to Pither’s Point, where food booths and kids’ activities (inflatables, games, and more) will be running all afternoon long.
A 50/50 Bingo will take place from noon-6 p.m. while an Indian Days Pow-Wow goes from 1-4 p.m. at the Nanicost grounds.
The Fun in the Sun queen contestants will hold their picnic basket auction at 1:30 p.m., a horseshoe tourney will take place at 2 p.m., and bathtub races are slated for 3 p.m.
The “Build the Queen a Castle” sand castle building contest will run from 3-4 p.m. There will be different age categories (three-five, six-seven, and eight-12).
The Fun in the Sun queen crowning is expected to take place at 6 p.m.
And what would Canada Day be without fireworks? Charlie Turgeon and his crew once again will be launching the display around 10 p.m. from Seven Oaks.
For info on any of these Fun in the Sun events, call the 274-5773.