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What a week to showcase all that Fort Frances has to offer.

On Sunday, St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church here hosted visiting clergy, including His Eminence, the Metropolitan Yurij, spiritual head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada, as well as other guests from Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, and the U.S. in celebration of its 70th anniversary.

Then the “Canadian Coasters"—featuring an expected 112 classic automobiles—rolled into town earlier today as part of their 50th anniversary cross-Canada tour. Hosted by the local International Early Iron Car Club, their stopover will include car shows on Scott Street and along Front Street by the Sorting Gap Marina, a meet-and-greet, a pancake breakfast, and a '50s dance featuring live music by Thunder Bay band "The Sensational Hot Rods.”

As well, plenty of out-of-town anglers are among the roughly 95 teams set to compete in the 23rd-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, which gets underway tomorrow morning and runs through Saturday under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.

And no doubt there are some former residents who have returned to town this week for a reunion of Fort Frances High School students, particularly from the years 1951-53, that's planned for this Saturday and Sunday.

Kudos to all the local organizers who have played a role in bringing so many visitors to our community this week—whether to chase bass on Rainy Lake, to share their passion for classic cars, to celebrate a congregation's milestone, or to reminisce with old high school friends.

Their presence is sure to boost the local economy. Equally important, it gives Fort Frances the opportunity to bask in the spotlight; to advertise the beauty, amenities, and hospitality of our community in a manner money simply cannot buy.

Welcome to all! We hope you enjoy your stay and please accept our invitation to make a return visit again soon.

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