Some FFCBC youth events have been axed

With the deadline to register having come and gone yesterday, organizers have had to cancel three youth events in conjunction with next week’s Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship due to lack of participants.
Diane Maxey, who is heading up the youth events with June Caul again this year, said this morning that the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, street hockey tournament, and the “Battle of the Teenage Bands” will not take place.
Maxey noted three basketball teams and four street hockey ones had signed up prior to yesterday’s deadline, but those weren’t enough to justify staging the tournaments.
She also said one group had signed up for the band battle, but organizers were hoping for a minimum of three.
The one group that did register, Alex Marusyk’s band “Without Judgment,” will play a set prior to the MuchMusic Video Dance Party at 6 p.m. on Sunday (July 23).
On the plus side, the skateboarding demonstration slated for 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 27 still will go ahead.
“If any of the kids have equipment, they can bring it on down and have some fun,” said Maxey. “There’s no prizes, it’s just for them to display their skills and have a little fun.”
As to why there was a low number of registrations this year while last year all of the youth activities took place, Maxey noted this year’s events happened to coincide with a hockey school and bagpiping course, among others activities to which local youth already were committed.
Maxey said organizers will take another shot at the basketball and street hockey tourneys, as well as the “Teenage Battle of the Bands,” again next year, adding they may try to get participants signed up earlier.
Maxey also stressed there’s still plenty of things for children and youths to do at this year’s FFCBC.
These activities range from the teen dance party, Daytime Land, and demos by both local schools of dance to martial arts displays, museum arts and crafts, and a “Concert of the Stars.”
One activity not mentioned on the O•Fish•L schedule is an OPP K-9 Unit demonstration at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, noted Maxey.
“There’s going to be lots and lots of events going on,” she enthused. “We’re encouraging everyone to come on out and enjoy the week. It’s going to be awesome.”
In related news, Maxey said registrations still are open for the annual kids’ paddleboat fishing contest, which will run in four flights this year—two on the morning of Friday, July 28 and two on the morning of Saturday, July 29.
This event definitely will take place this year, with 30 kids already having signed up.
Maxey said those wanting to participate should sign up by the end of this week. Those interested can sign up at Confederation College or by calling her at 274-7309.