The 2018 Mini-King and Mini-Queen once again will be crowned here on Canada Day.
Registration is now open for this year’s contest, which will take place on the “Fun in the Sun” stage at Point Park on the afternoon of July 1.
Organizer Melissa Gushulak noted the contest is open to boys and girls aged four-seven (as of July 1).
They can be residents of any district community, not just Fort Frances.
She will accept five boys and five girls for the contest.
There is a $5 registration fee to enter but each contestant will get a goodie bag filled with prizes.
To register, call Gushulak at 275-8526 or contact her via Facebook.
The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. next Tuesday (June 26).
The deadline will be extended an extra day or so if Gushulak doesn’t have all 10 spots filled.
As in past years, each child will be asked a few basic questions (i.e., their age, where they go to school, names of pets, their favourite activities, etc.), with judges choosing the winners.
The mini-king and mini-queen will receive a crown, banner, and a prize in addition to the goodie bag all the contestants receive.
The pair also will have the honour of taking part in parades and other special events throughout the year, although the level of participation is entirely up to their parents, Gushulak noted.
Gushulak admitted she possibly was not going to run the event this year but a last-minute donation from the Fun in the Sun committee saved the day.
“If it wasn’t for them, this wouldn’t be happening,” she stressed. “They’re phenomenal.
“Now I am getting some businesses and community support.
“Everybody pulls together at the last minute,” Gushulak added. “It’s great because it’s such a fun event for them [the kids].”
For some, the mini-royalty contest is as much a part of Canada Day as the parade and fireworks–and it’s something Gushulak said she doesn’t want to see end.