‘Fun in the Sun’ set to heat up

Summer officially arrived yesterday. And looking at the schedule of events planned from now until Canada Day, you can tell the local “Fun in the Sun” committee has been busy.
“There should be something for everybody,” FITS chair Paul Bock noted yesterday. “There will be some events earlier in the week, but it’s largely about July 1 activities this year.”
The fun will get started this Saturday (June 25) during the Business Improvement Association’s 100th birthday bash for Scott Street, which will include several events linked with FITS.
There will be a FITS Bingo from 9-11 a.m., with proceeds going towards the July 1 fireworks display. And the annual mini-queen pageant goes at 11 a.m. on a stage on the 200 block of Scott Street.
As well, the six contestants vying for the 2005 FITS queen crown—Ashley Bombay, Kristine Bruyere, Jenna Cousineau, Sara DeGagne, Brittany Hayes, and Nikita Mansbridge—will be out and about Saturday, helping out with the Bingo, children’s games, and so forth.
They also will be selling tickets for the “Fun in the Sun” fundraiser raffle, which will be drawn July 1.
The grand prize is a package, including tickets, to see NASCAR racing in Bristol, Tenn., three nights’ accommodations, and $1,000 (U.S.) in spending money.
The second-place prize is a XM satellite radio, third-place is a NASCAR jacket and hat, while fourth-place prize is a $100 gift certificate from M&M Meat Shops and a $40 gift certificate from North Air Services.
Tickets cost $5 each, or three for $10.
The FITS queen entertainment night will be held Monday (June 27) at 7 p.m. at Warp 9. Tickets are available now from contestants or at the Chamber of Commerce office on Scott Street.
They cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door.
Then on Tuesday (June 28), FITS, the Rainy Lake Multicultural Association, and Royal Canadian Legion will bring the “60th Anniversary Friendship Tour” here in honour of the liberation of the Netherlands and the end of World War II.
The tulip garden ceremony and concert will be held on Portage Avenue, across from the Civic Centre, at 5:30 p.m., with a second concert following the Crime Stoppers “Great Rubber Duckie Race” at 7:30.
Next Wednesday (June 29), the FITS queen contestants will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church. Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.
Then on Thursday (June 30), the Friends of Fort Frances Public Library will hold its annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic at 11:30 a.m. at the Legion Park. Musician Robin Chestnut will perform at noon.
Tickets cost $4 each, which are available at the library.
< *c>Canada Day
Canada Day will begin with the Legion Ladies Auxiliary’s pancake breakfast at the Legion from 7-9:30 a.m. Cost is $5 for adult, $3 for children under 10.
This will be followed by the July 1 parade at 11 a.m. It will start at the Shevlin woodyard and proceed west along Front Street to end at La Verendrye hospital.
Everyone is welcome to enter a float, with this year’s theme being “Colourful Cultures.” For more info, call parade co-ordinator Dawn Booth at 274-5773.
This parade will coincide with the annual kiddie parade, sponsored by the local Legion.
Then the festivities will 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 FITS Bingo also will take place from noon-6 p.m., with a horseshoe tourney slated for 1 p.m. and bathtub races starting at 4 p.m. on Sand Bay.
The FITS queen contestants will hold their picnic basket auction at 2 p.m., followed by the “Build the Queen a Castle” sand castle-building contest at 3:30 p.m.
This is open to children aged three-10.
The Fun in the Sun queen crowning is expected to take place at 5 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.
Bock noted the local FITS committee was grateful to have received a $4,500 grant from the federal government to help fund its Canada Day celebrations.
“It’s definitely something we needed,” he said.