Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Events name chosen

A series of events in early July in both Fort Frances and International Falls collectively will be known as “Peaceful Border Days.”
The name was decided upon by a vote of the joint “Peace Pull” committee yesterday after the public submitted about three dozen suggestions to the Fort Frances and Falls Chambers of Commerce earlier this spring.

Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce manager Annely Armstrong-Thorstad told the Times yesterday that “Peaceful Border Days” was a clear favourite, given it “was submitted multiple times by many people.”
Organizers are expecting to use the name each year on posters, websites, and promotional materials to celebrate “the bond between two countries that share the longest undefended border in the world.”
A number of events are in the works for the first week of July, ranging from parades to fireworks in each community.
As well, there will be the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival here on Canada Day, the “Peace Pull” tug-of-war across the Rainy River on July 2, and the “Riverfest” concerts on July 5 in the Falls.
Armstrong-Thorstad said she has the information from the Falls’ Chamber regarding its activities, and is just finishing up verifying and compiling those in Fort Frances now.
She should have a big, cross-border calendar of events done by next week to distribute.
Both Chambers are compiling a list of people requesting the schedule, both locals and tourists.
The events calendar was a big hit last year, with Armstrong noting 500 copies were handed out at the Chamber’s booth during “Mall Days” on Scott Street.

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