‘Quest’ now taking entries

With the ever-popular “Quest for the Best” slated for July 24 this year, competitors now have the opportunity to sign up for the annual singing contest.
Chamber of Commerce manager Dawn Booth noted entry forms only were made available yesterday but already local vocalists are keen on taking the stage during the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
“We’ve got one official entry, and then we’ve got three people that called and got their name on the list. They just haven’t filled out forms yet,” noted Booth.
“It’s very positive.”
In the past, there’s been a limit of 20 “Quest” contestants and 10 “Kiddie Quest” contestants. But Booth said organizers are willing to be a little flexible as to how many competitors will be allowed.
“I think we’re just going to go with the flow,” she remarked. “If we get more than 10 ‘Kiddie Quest’ entries, we’ll accept them. If we don’t get quite 20 for the regular ‘Quest,’ then we won’t worry about it.”
Entry forms are available at the Chamber office (474 Scott St.), and soon will be downloadable from its website (www.fortfranceschamber.com).
The deadline to register is Friday, June 15 (Booth noted while “Quest” isn’t until July 24, the back-up band needs to know who’s singing what well in advance).
“Quest for the Best” is a local singing competition held annually to showcase the many talented performers in the area. It is open to anyone age 14 and up, with both solo and duet performances eligible.
The entry fee for “Quest” is $25 per person or $35 for a duet.
This year also will see the return of “Kiddie Quest,” which is open to contestants 13 years old or younger. The entry fee is $10.
Both “Quest” and “Kiddie Quest” will take place under the big tent at the Sporting Gap Marina on Tuesday, July 23. Once again, the event is being held in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
In related news, organizers also are looking for prize sponsors. Booth said she’s recently sent out information outlining sponsorship details to Chamber members.
While the FFCBC and B•93 FM are the main “Quest” sponsors, numerous prizes (first, second, and third place, as well as Kiddie Quest, People’s Choice, Contestants’ Choice, Most Original, Audience Response, etc.) still need sponsors, she noted.
For information on the singing competition, or sponsoring a prize, contact Booth at 274-5773 or drop by the Chamber office.