Window displays being sought


Individuals and businesses are being encouraged to decorate their windows for Canada Day.
“The theme is ‘There’s Something in the Water,’” noted Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce manager Annely Armstrong.
“What the Dragon Boat Festival organizers were hoping is that we could have dragons all throughout the town,” she added.
The window displays are “not limited to businesses. Individuals can do it, too,” Armstrong stressed.
“Dragon Boat Festivals in most communities are three days long, so the festival here really has an opportunity to kick off and become pretty big for the community,” she remarked.
“So we need to show them as much support as we can to start with to get them going.
“I know there is a lot of interest from out of the area,” Armstrong added.
“People will be coming to see what it’s all about here, how it’s organized.”
Armstrong said there are no prizes for best window design—simply recognition.
“I think it will be fun,” she enthused. “It will be great to drive around and see all of the dragons.”
Sarah Marusyk, with Northern Community Development Services here, said the window displays can be about “however they want to interpret the line, ‘There’s Something in the Water,’ because our community appreciates and celebrates water so much.”
“We’re hoping that people all throughout town will decorate their windows, whether it’s dragon boat-related or Canada Day,” Marusyk remarked.
“If they want to do a water theme, then that would be awesome,” she added.
“It’s not limited to doing it for the Dragon Boat Festival.”
In terms of activities, Canada Day will kick off bright and early Monday with the annual pancake breakfast organized by the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary.
It will run from 7-9:30 a.m. upstairs at the Legion.
The annual Canada Day parade, meanwhile, also will follow the theme, “There’s Something in the Water.”
Nicole Mueller, with the Rainy River Future Development Corp., said businesses and individuals are encouraged to register their floats beforehand by calling 274-9621.
Twenty floats already have signed up, and will be competing for prizes for most enthusiastic float, the most Canadian, and the one that best follows the theme.
Those participating in the parade, including the children’s bike parade (for which there are additional prizes), are asked to meet in the Safeway parking lot at 9 a.m.
The route will go down Armit Avenue to Front Street, and then end at the Sorting Gap Marina.
“We would like as many spectators as possible to support the community,” Mueller said.
Following the parade, the Dragon Boat Festival will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sorting Gap.
Currently 10 teams are registered to participate.
Food vendors and a children’s fun zone also will be available there from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The annual Canada Day Cash lottery draw, presented by the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, will take place at 4 p.m. at the Sorting Gap.
Bathtub races will take place on Sand Bay starting at 7 p.m., with the fireworks display wrapping up the festivities beginning at 10:15 p.m.