‘Quest’ spots filling up fast

Duane Hicks

Local singers who want to participate in next month’s “Quest for the Best” had better act fact as only eight openings were left as of this morning.
Jennifer Soderholm, executive director of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, said registration opened Friday and 12 contestants already have signed up for the perennially-popular contest, which is set for Friday, July 21 under the big tent in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
“Those that are interested in signing up should really do it now because it is filling up,” Soderholm urged.
“It’s first-come, first-served,” she stressed.
Online entry form and rules are available on the “Community Events” front page of the Chamber’s website at www.fortfranceschamber.com/events
Forms can be filled out and submitted electronically.
If you need help, or don’t have access to a computer, drop by the Chamber office (lower level of 240 First St. E.) in person and they’ll help you register.
After registering, entrants must pay their entry fee in person to be assured their spot.
The entry fee is $30 for solo performers and $45 for duets.
The deadline for entries is next Friday (July 7) at 3 p.m., but it’s likely “Quest” will have a full roster before then, Soderholm warned.
“Quest” is open to anyone age 13 and older. People can sign up as a solo act or duet.
Soderholm noted all of the entrants so far have been solo acts but added there has been some “amazing” duets in recent years.
As such, she’s hoping to some duos sign up, as well.
As in past years, singers will be provided with a backup band, “The Faculty.”
But unlike recent years, they only will be able to choose one song to sing when they sign up (in the past, they’ve been able to choose two songs to avoid duplicating those chosen by other contestants).
An additional fee will be charged if a contestant wants to change their one song after July 7.
“People really need to think about what songs that they want to do before they actually put the song title in,” Soderholm stressed.
“You don’t want to be switching it up last-second.
“The band doesn’t have the time or the energy; they’re already learning 20 songs as it is,” she noted.
As in past years, performers will be split up into two sets.
The top act from each set then will face off in a “Battle Song,” with that winner emerging with the grand prize.
Other prizes are awarded for People’s Choice, Band’s Choice, top rookie, and more.
Meanwhile, tickets to attend “Quest” cost $15 each, which are available at the Chamber office, From the Grind Up, and Northwoods Gallery & Gifts.
VIP tickets, which cost $20 each, are available at the Chamber office only.
These are tickets for assigned seating at tables of eight–complete with an unobstructed view of the stage, snacks, and a table top to put your drink on while you enjoy the show.
The VIP tickets are expected to be bought up quickly, noted Soderholm, adding it’s not uncommon for families of contestants or businesses with employees who are performing buy up whole tables.
“Those tables have been going fast, too,” she warned.
“Last year we sold and sold and sold; we even sold the Chamber’s table–people just wanted it.”
Doors open at 7 p.m., with the first act taking the stage at 7:30.