The Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts hosted by the Fort Frances Curling Club last week certainly proved that fans do spell success, as seen by the numbers who packed the club throughout the round-robin and then during the playoff matches.
Dedicated volunteers pulled in much-needed revenue by selling 50/50 tickets during every draw, as well as programs, tickets, etc. As well, many sponsors contributed to help the club bury its debts and get on even terms to sustain a prosperous curling club into the future.
I served as a volunteer at previous provincial senior men’s, juniors, and mixed held at the Fort Frances Curling Club, but none of these were as exuberant as the Ontario Scott.
Witnessing this success as a spectator would suggest the local curling club bid to hold future provincial events—and possibly a national one. The latter certainly isn’t out of reach given Kenora recently hosted the national seniors’ playdowns in a club no bigger than the one in Fort Frances.
If you watched the Strauss Canada Cup hosted at Kamloops, B.C. last week, you would have noticed very few fans attending despite the fact many of the best curling rinks in Canada were on hand.
Staging the Strauss Canada Cup four years in a row at the same site, with meager crowds, is beyond my comprehensive given they could have it hosted in areas where there is an abundance of curling fans.
Such as Fort Frances/Rainy River District, not to mention our neighbours from Minnesota, wouldn’t you agree?
Michael J. Baranowski
Nestor Falls, Ont.