‘Fun in the Sun’ set to heat up

The Canada Day long weekend is a time to celebrate and the “Fun in the Sun” committee, along with other local groups, businesses, and individuals, have been working hard to make sure there’s no shortage of things to do over the next few days.
“Everything seems to be falling into place at the last minute,” FITS committee member Dawn Booth noted Monday.
But Booth noted the committee still is looking for service clubs or other groups to run their own food booths or organize activities at Pither’s Point on July 1, as well as volunteers to lend a helping hand with the parade line-up, run activities at Pither’s Point, or sell FITS raffle tickets.
As well, Booth said she would like to see more individuals and groups decorate and enter floats in the Canada Day parade.
The theme for the parade is “Wild, Wild West,” and prizes will be awarded for “Best Theme,” “Best Overall,” and one for the float best representing the spirit of Canada Day.
Anyone interested in hosting an event or activity, setting up a food booth, or volunteering is urged to contact Booth at 274-5773 or FITS chair Paul Bock at 274-5301.
The local Business Improvement Association held its annual “Mall Days” earlier today, featuring a slew of activities ranging from sidewalk sales and kids’ activities to live entertainment, “Cuts for Cancer,” a fundraiser barbecue at Howarth’s Home Centre, the grand-opening of Domino’s Pizza, and the 2006 Mini-Queen pageant.
A teen dance, organized by the Kiwanis skate park committee, will take place this evening (Thursday) from 8-11:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. It’s open to youth aged 11-16.
Admission is $5, and food, pop, and mocktails will be for sale there.
Then tomorrow, the Fort Frances Public Library will hold its annual Teddy Bear Picnic starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Legion Park.
As well, 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.
And out at Wal-Mart, there will be a family fun day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with a barbecue, dunk tank, pony rides, and more.
There also will be activities tied into the “Meet Me at the Border” celebration both here and over in International Falls.
Dragon boat races are slated for 2 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina while a tug-of-war across the river will take place at 3:45 p.m. A free barbecue then will be held at Smokey Bear Park in the Falls starting at 4:30 p.m.
And the Fun in the Sun Canada/U.S. “Friendship Dance,” featuring live music, will be held Friday from 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion here.
Tickets for that cost $5 each.
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Canada Day activities will kick off on Saturday with the annual pancake breakfast, presented by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, from 7-10 a.m. upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10.
This will be followed by the Canada Day parade at 11 a.m.
The line-up will take place at the Shevlin wood yard, then proceed down Front Street to the hospital, up Victoria Avenue to Church Street, and then 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.
Then the action shifts to Pither’s Point Park, where there will be food booths, 50/50 Bingo from noon-6 p.m., and kids’ games and activities, including entertainer Squire Lawrie, who’s being brought here courtesy of the Rainy Lake Multicultural Association.
FITS volunteers also will be selling NASCAR raffle tickets. 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 will be held 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.
There also will be a showdown between Fort Frances and International Falls council members at the horseshoe pit at noon, followed by a mixed horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m.
The Prior Lake Water Ski Show will get underway at 2 p.m., with bathtub races following around 3 p.m.
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.
It should be noted the live entertainment at Pither’s Point Park has been cancelled because the insurance cost to rent the trailer-stage for one day was far too high.
While a call had been made for local talent to come out and perform by contacting Brittany Hayes, they need not bother now.
The Fort Frances Community Chest will hold its draw for a new car at 9 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous while Riverside Foundation for Health Care will make the grand prize draw for its raffle ($10,000) at 10 p.m. at the Harbourage.
The FITS celebrations will close with the spectacular fireworks display around 10 p.m. by Seven Oaks.