‘Quest,’ ‘Kiddie Quest’ take the stage next Monday

One of the biggest draws of the summer in Fort Frances, the local Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Quest for the Best” and new “Kiddie Quest” are set to take the stage next Monday evening (July 18).
“We’re pretty much ready to go. We’ve got all our sponsors,” said organizer Dawn Booth, who also is office manager at the Chamber of Commerce.
“People seem to be excited as always,” she noted. “Tickets sales have definitely picked up. Yesterday was just nuts.
“I anticipate we’ll be almost sold out by Monday, with still a few tickets left to be sold at the door,” added Booth.
Last year, close to 2,000 people jammed under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Tickets, which went on sale last week at the Chamber office on Scott Street, cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
Booth said she was looking forward to the annual singing contest. “I think it’s going to be great. People are really looking forward to ‘Kiddie Quest,’” she noted.
In related news, there’s been a few changes to the “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest” line-ups and song selections since last week’s Times.
The updated “Quest” line-up includes:
•Jodi Allan—“Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson;
•Kim Badiuk—“Angels” by Jessica Simpson;
•Ed Calder—“Shelter Me” by Cinderella;
•Cara Coran—“My Give A Damn’s Busted” by Jo Dee Mesina;
•Shantelle Davidson—“Baby Girl” by Sugarland;
•Sarah Fitzgerald—“I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor;
•Rachel Geense—“Suddenly” by LeAnn Rimes;
•Jason Godin—“I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain;
•Tim Grover—“Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison;
•Brittany Hayes— “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin;
•Sarah Hebert—“Here for the Party” by Gretchen Wilson;
•Courtney Jourdain—“Don’t Play That Song” by Aretha Franklin;
•Wayne Lawres—“Les Bicyclettes de Belsize” by Engelbert Humperdinck;
•Elizabeth Logue— “Something to Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt;
•Leah Nowak—“Something More” by Sugarland;
•Ashley Sisco—“In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride;
•Neil Stewart—“Borderline” by Madonna;
•Karri Tougas—“When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues” by Martina McBride;
•Robyn Wade—“I Know” by Save Ferris;
•Jeremy Wilson—“Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2; and
•Trisha Wilson—“On A Night Like This” by Trick Pony.
Mike Roach pulled out of the competition.
The updated “Kiddie Quest” line-up is as follows:
•Chelsea Carlson—“Life Is A Highway” by Tom Cochrane;
•Joleigh Hayes—“Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson;
•Amber Hoszowski—“You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain;
•Elysia Huitikka—“Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly Clarkson;
•Bridget Jorgenson—“Someone’s Watching Over Me” by Hilary Duff;
•Erika Jourdain—“All You Wanted” by Michelle Branch;
•Rebecca Lowey—“Freak Out” by Avril Lavigne;
•Julie Martin—“Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam;
•Katelyn Shortreed—“Unchained Melody” by LeAnn Rimes;
•Braeden Stevenson—“It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi; and
•Ericka Tymkin—Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson.
Kayla Lauzon, last year’s “Quest for the Best” champ, also will be on hand Monday night to sing two songs.
Back-up band “The Faculty,” consisting of Chris Denby, Steve Denby, Rob Donaldson, and Jim Newman, has picked up the list of songs the contestants will be performing and have been working hard to learn the set prior to the show.
The band will be doing the music for both “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest.”
“Kiddie Quest” will start at 6:30 p.m. and be followed by “Quest,” probably around 7:30, noted Booth, adding people should realize the singing contest is being held on a Monday this year and not Wednesday as it has in the past.