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Contestants sought for ‘Quest’

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Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is looking for contestants for the ever-popular “Quest for the Best” singing competition, which will once again be held in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, on July 22.

But first, interested contestants need to sign up before this Friday’s deadline.

“There is an online form that can be filled out for anyone who is interested,” noted the Chamber’s executive director Jennifer Soderholm, citing the entry form is available on their website at www.fortfranceschamber.com

“Once filled out, it will automatically be downloaded to the band and to the Chamber office,” she explained.

Soderholm noted contestants will be contacted by the band, The Faculty, for rehearsal times, but only after their registration fee has been paid in full.

The cost is $30 for a solo and $45 for a duet.

Soderholm explained that while the form can be filled out online, payment must be made in person at the Chamber office (cash, cheque, credit or debit) or by phone if paying with a credit card.

“We do have a number of people already signed up,” she voiced, citing interested contestants should get their entry forms in as soon as possible.

“Last year we filled right up and had people on waiting lists,” she said. “So if anyone wants to participate, the sooner they can register, the better.”

She noted as in past years, there will be a number of prizes up for grabs.

With 20 contestants competing in two sets of 10, there will be prizes awarded in both sets.

“There will be a first prize for each set and then they go on to compete for the grand prize,” Soderholm explained.

She added there will also be a second prize and people’s choice awarded in each set, while other prizes include the rookie award and audience response award, among others.

“Usually we have about 11 or 12 prizes, so there is quite a number of prizes,” she voiced, stressing that the people’s choice and audience response awards will be determined by the crowd on hand.

“It’s not just based upon what the judges think, so there is audience participation for some of these prizes,” she remarked. “So it’s a really good evening.”

Soderholm enthused “Quest for the Best” is always a fantastic show, adding last year was one of the best yet.

“We’re hoping to build off of last year’s success,” she said. “We had over 900 people turn out to watch and the place was just a huge party atmosphere.

“It was a great, great show,” added Soderholm. “The singers were incredible and we’re expecting it to be just as much fun this year.”

In fact, they are hoping to make it even bigger and better.

The projects and events committee has decided to use the upcoming summer Olympics in Rio as a theme for the event.

“What’s the biggest party in Rio? Carnival, so we’re going with a carnival theme for a great big party feel,” she remarked. “They are looking at doing a lot of decorating in that way and all kinds of fun stuff.”

Tickets for the show will be for sale by the end of the week.

They cost $15 for regular seating or $20 for VIP and will be available at the Chamber office.

“VIP seating will get you a seat at a table right up in front of the stage—prime seating,” Soderholm explained. “Plus we put snacks out on the table for free.

“So for $5 more, you get better seating, a better view, and snacks provided,” she said.

“It’s just a nice way to enjoy the evening.”

“Quest for the Best” will be held under the tent at the Sorting Gap Marina, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re going to be starting a hair later,” Soderholm noted, citing last year the show started at 7 p.m.

“It’s very difficult with the weigh-ins and not knowing exactly how long it will take,” she indicated.

“We found it really tight last year, so we’re going to give a little more time.”

For more information, call 274-5773.

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