Like any event that’s been running for more than two decades, the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship faces the challenge of keeping people wanting to attend it year after year.
But while there’s no question the FFCBC is a far cry from its heyday in terms of team numbers, activities, and attendance, there are signs our annual bass tournament is on the rebound.
There was a time in Fort Frances where very few summer community activities occurred. Not anymore.
One only has had to look at this year’s July calendar.
In the last weekend of June, Couchiching First Nation was going to play host to their giant annual pow-wow.
At the same time, teams of Dragon Boat racers filled the riverfront racing in the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival.
On the bright side, upcoming upgrades at the recycling depot on Sixth Street West should alleviate the disgusting and unsightly mess that routinely accumulates there, particularly over the weekend.
The downside, unfortunately, is that you can’t fix stupid.
Who says there’s nothing to do in Fort Frances?
Saturday alone saw the “Relay for Life,” the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival,” the “Teddy Bears’ Picnic,” and the windup for the older divisions in Fort Frances Youth Soccer all being held.
Couchiching also had planned its pow-wow for this past weekend, although it ended up being postponed due to other circumstances.
Barring an entry by a candidate from a more obscure party, the field has been set.
Now it’s in the hands of Thunder Bay-Rainy River voters.
Thunder Bay lawyer Don Rusnak captured the Liberal nod following nomination meetings here and in Atikokan on Sunday, and then the final one Monday night in the Lakehead.
Unless you were a die-hard Tampa Bay Lightning fan, it’s a safe bet most here were cheering loudly Monday night when Duncan Keith not only won his third Stanley Cup but also was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs.
Adding to the excitement, of course, is word of plans afoot to have Duncan bring the Stanley Cup to Fort Frances sometime this summer.
It’s a shame to hear that this year’s “Peace Pull,” the international tug-of-war between Fort Frances and International Falls, likely won’t happen.
The town is working on a new strategic plan for the next four years—and once again has invited public input to help create it.
The plea seems to be falling on deaf ears, however. As of press time today, just two people were on the agenda for the public meeting being held this coming Monday (June 8) in conjunction with town council’s regular meeting.
Hats off to the students at Robert Moore who pushed to start up a Gay-Straight Alliance club at their school—and kudos to administration for allowing it to happen.
Given the backlash over the recently-revamped sex education curriculum in Ontario schools, no doubt some parents (and others) would oppose such a club at the elementary level.
Whether you call it the “Victoria Day Weekend,” the “May Long,” or the “May 2-4,” the upcoming holiday weekend certainly is among the most anticipated of the year.