‘Mall Days’ set to heat up Scott Street

A summer tradition for the downtown area, the local Business Improvement Area has planned an eventful “Mall Days” for next Thursday (June 26) on Scott Street—with all sorts of things to do and buy.
“It’s looking good,” said BIA coordinator Harlene Lowey. “If people come downtown, there will be something for them to do.”^The 100-300 blocks of Scott Street will be blocked off all day long, allowing not only easy access to sidewalk sales, in which many merchants will be participating, but also a slew of activities and contests.
Two of those that Lowey wants people to pre-register for now is the “Best Cookie Contest” and the talent showcase.
Like last year, the cookie contest will feature three judges—Dan Cousineau of the BIA, Jen O’Reilly of B-93 FM, and the Times’ own Melanie Béchard—putting baked goodies to the taste test.
This will happen at 11 a.m. in front of the BIA office (Rainy Lake Hotel).
Batches of the cookies, whether they’re winners or not, then will be sold off afterwards, with proceeds going to area food banks.
Of course, somebody has to make those cookies and the BIA is looking for as many batches as possible.
Let Lowey know you want to bake by calling her ahead of time at 274-7502, or register your entry by 11 a.m. next Thursday.
Bake a dozen or more to sell, and three extra—one for each of the judges.
Name your cookies, properly wrap the dozen for sale, include your recipe, and please make a note if nuts have been used to notify those who may have allergies.
Meanwhile, the talent showcase will run from 1-2 p.m. in front of Sight & Sound. If you’ve got a voice you think would win a prize, contact Lowey prior to next Thursday.
Gift certificates have been donated by area merchants.
Those interested are asked to bring along your own background music. If a great number of people enter, names will be randomly drawn to determine who performs in the allotted time slot.
The talent showcase will be preceded by Sight & Sound’s always popular “Name That Tune” contest from noon-1 p.m.
Also next Thursday will be the launch of Neil McQuarrie’s history book on Fort Frances at 10 a.m. at the museum.
That will be followed by a lunch hour showcase—featuring entertainment and a “Taste of Fort Frances” sampling of food by local restaurants— from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
While some details still are being sorted out, other “Mall Days” events and activities known at this time include a pancake breakfast (8-11 a.m. at the Masonic Temple), the “Totanic” inflatable slide, a mini-train ride, virtual reality skateboarding, a pizza-eating contest at Pizza Connection (3 p.m.), and a “prize bowl” at the Student Employment Centre (post office).
There also will be pony rides (2- 4 p.m.), open karaoke (2-3 p.m. at the BIA office), a tree giveaway by Abitibi-Consolidated, “Cuts for Cancer” and manicures at The Den and Celeste’s, respectively, and a kiddie pool.
The Muskie ‘C’ football team also will be have a dunk tank set up to raise money to help cover their season’s expenses.
The fire department will be on hand with a fire truck while the Fort Frances Power Corp. will be giving bucket rides.
Finally, this year’s six “Fun in the Sun” queen contestants will be selling their buttons in the downtown area, as well as lending a hand to the carnival games, which will take place near TD Canada Trust.