Lots to do on Canada Day here

There should be no reason for local residents to stay indoors tomorrow as the “Fun in the Sun” committee has lined up a slew of activities for Canada Day.
Festivities will kick off with the Legion Ladies Auxiliary’s pancake breakfast from 7-9:30 a.m. at the Legion. The cost is $5 for adult and $3 for children under 10.
This will be followed by the July 1 parade at 11 a.m. It will start at the Shevlin wood yard and proceed west along Front Street to end at the Fort Frances Clinic parking lot.
Everyone is welcome to enter a float, with this year’s theme being “Colourful Cultures.” Just show up for judging, and to line up, by 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.
This parade will coincide with the annual kiddie parade, sponsored by the local Legion. Kids are welcome to come to the clinic parking lot afterwards and get free ice cream.
Then the party will move out to Pither’s Point, where food booths and kids’ activities (inflatables, games, and more) will be running all afternoon long.
Volunteers and the six FITS queen contestants will be selling tickets for the “Fun in the Sun” fundraiser raffle, which will be drawn Thursday, July 28 at 11 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.
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.
A 50/50 FITS Bingo also will take place tomorrow from noon-6 p.m., with a mixed horseshoe tourney, sponsored by Labatt and the Royal Canadian Legion, slated for 1 p.m.
Bathtub races are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Sand Bay.
Meanwhile, the FITS queen contestants will hold their picnic basket auction at 2 p.m., followed by the final question period at 2:30 and then the “Build the Queen a Castle” sand castle-building contest at 3:30.
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 the Caul Family once again will be launching the display around 10 p.m. from Seven Oaks.
For info on any of these events, call the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce at 274-5773.