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Staff

A full slate of 10 boys and 10 girls have signed up for the Mini-King and Mini-Queen crownings being held in conjunction with this year’s Canada Day celebrations.
Organizer Melissa Gushulak said she’s once again pleased with the response, noting the 10 spots for girls filled up quickly after the sign-up began May 30.
While the boys took a little longer, all 10 were registered prior to the June 12 deadline.
“It was good,” Gushulak enthused. “I like seeing it all filled, I like seeing that there’s a lot of kids and they all get a prize.
“That’s the most exciting thing.
“It’s not really about the winner, it’s just everybody coming out,” she stressed.
Gushulak said she’s pretty sure all 20 contestants will be in the July 1 parade, riding on a float with the 2010 Mini-King and Mini-Queen, Magnus Trembath and Aurora Hutton.
There is no budget for decorations for the float at this time but Gushulak is hoping some parents and local businesses can help out in that regard.
Then later that afternoon at Pither’s Point Park, the contestants will be asked questions by judges, such as their name, age, their favourite things to do, if they go to school, and if they want to tell something to the audience.
The judges then will decide who will be crowned Mini-King and Mini-Queen, who will be presented with their crowns, banners, and a grand prize donated by local sponsors.
Regardless of whether they win or not, all the contestants will get a prize.
The Mini-King crowning is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with the Mini-Queen event starting roughly at 2:30 (depending on how long the Mini-King takes).
Gushulak, who sits on the Canada Day Celebrations committee, said the public is encouraged to come to the Point, not only for the crownings but for a slew of other great activities that day.
These included the Energy Fitness 1K kids’ fun run, kids’ activities, 50/50 Bingo, face-painting, karaoke, live music, castle bouncers, horseshoes, volleyballs, a few food vendors, and fireworks.
“There’s lots going on July 1. I think it’s going to be a good year,” Gushulak remarked.