Volunteers crucial for FFCBC

Area residents again came out in force for the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, a level of community participation which is being credited for the reason the tournament is so successful.
This year about 475 people lent a helping hand throughout the tournament.
“They couldn’t do it without them,” noted Cathy Tovey the tournament’s director of volunteer services.
“It’s all done by volunteers from the little [jobs] right up to the directors,” she added.
All aspects of the tournament from set-up to take-down, garbage pick-up, ticket sales, beer tent operations and children’s entertainment were done by volunteers.
“My brothers were here from back east and they were amazed at the volunteer turnout,” said Tovey.
All volunteers received a water bottle, 10 bass bucks to spend during the tournament and a green FFCBC shirt as well as given the chance to enter a draw for prizes donated by local businesses.
The list of volunteers who won in the draw is being organized and will be in the Fort Frances Times in the next few days.
Volunteer turnout has been strong every year in the six-year history of the tournament with enthusiasm for the tournament growing stronger all the time.
Tovey noted she will return for next year’s tournament and hopes the rest of the volunteers do as well.
“You bet, it’s a fantastic event,” she said. “It brings the best out of everybody.”
An estimated 3,500 to 4,000 people came out to watch the final weigh-ins of the tournament on Saturday.
“I would just like to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart and hope they come back next year,” said Tovey.