‘Quest’ in need of more singers

With the deadline to enter this year’s “Quest for the Best” coming up Friday (June 25), the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce still is looking for competitors for the popular singing contest.
“We have four new people, and eight previous winners are coming back for more,” organizer Dawn Booth said yesterday.
“The deadline is Friday and we definitely want to see more people come in before then,” she added, noting it’s important to know who’s competing as soon as possible so the back-up band can begin learning the necessary music.
Entry forms are available at the Chamber office (474 Scott St.), Rainy Lake Hotel, and B93-FM, or on-line at www.fortfranceschamber.com
The entry fee is $25 for solo acts and $35 for duets. Contestants must be at least 14 years of age.
As previously reported, this year’s “Quest for the Best”—dubbed “Best of Quest”—will see a battle between newcomers and veterans of the stage when it takes place July 21 in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
The contest will see 10 new contestants competing in one set, with one winner from that group going on to vie against 10 previous winners in a second set that same night.
The previous “Quest” participants will be drawn from first- and second-place finishers as well as People’s Choice winners.
So far, the past winners lined up include Melanie Bodnar, Sarah Hebert, Jodi Allan, Graham Matheson, Roy Noga, Marc Desforges, Alyson Booth, and Debbie Connon.
The challengers to date include Cara Coran, Lisa McPherson, Wayne Lawres, and Brittany Hayes.
The first three have competed in “Quest” in the past while Hayes won the 14-19-year-old category at the “Grandstand Jam” in Emo last month.
Booth noted there will be first-, second-, and third-place winners named from the final batch, but added contestants from either the first or second set are eligible for prizes such as Audience Participation, People’s Choice, and Contestants’ Choice.
She said the Chamber wanted to change the format for this year’s “Quest” not only because it is the 10th anniversary of the FFCBC, but also the 10th “Quest for the Best,” which has been a very popular event since its inception.
As with past years, “Quest” also needs the support of local businesses to become a reality, Booth stressed.
The Chamber has managed to find sponsors for all the prizes expect one—a co-sponsor for first-place. The prizes are bigger this year, with first-place to be worth $750.
As such, the Chamber needs another business to co-sponsor that one with Dr. Mary Ellen Kennedy and pitch in $375 (the second- and third-place prizes will be $500 and $250, respectively).
If you are interested in being a sponsor or have any questions, call Booth at 274-5773 as soon as possible.
In related news, Booth said “Quest” tickets probably will go on sale Monday, July 5. The cost will be $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Last year, the show attracted about 1,800 people under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.