Sarah Hebert proved she’s got talent as she sang an original song to capture the Fun in the Sun queen entertainment night Sunday evening at the Townshend Theatre.
“Everybody did so well,” Hebert said Monday, stressing that while winning a bouquet of roses and gift basket was an honour, the whole event was a team effort.
“It was a lot of work. We had one rehearsal but there was a lot of preparation, like the speeches and the fashion show,” she added.
Hebert, who is sponsored by La Place Rendez-Vous, is no stranger to the stage, and wasn’t nervous at all when she performed her untitled song while playing the piano. She was accompanied by Dan Poperechny on acoustic guitar.
She also will sing the opening and closing numbers at “Quest for the Best” here July 25.
Meanwhile, the other five contestants agreed the evening was a success. “Everyone’s talent was awesome,” said Ashley Sisco (Rainbow Motel), who performed “Because You Loved Me” alongside fellow contestant Jade Whitefield (Pharmasave).
“The opening number with all the girls went well,” she added, referring to the dance number, “Around the World,” which also is the theme for this year’s Fun in the Sun.
The number was choreographed by Chantelle Johnson of Dancemakers & Beauty Essentials.
“There was only one winner but I think we all deserved it,” noted Joanna McQuarrie (Skates and Blades), who donned a white cowboy hat and blue sequins to clog dance to Leann Rime’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
Meanwhile, Lindsay Cawston (George Armstrong Co. Ltd.) sang Leann Rimes’ “I Do” while April Matheson (364 Food Store) performed a funky dance number with friend, Nicole Bodnarchuk.
“It went well,” said Rachel Thiessen, who is organizing the queen pageant with Sherri Puddicombe. “Each of the contestants had put a lot of work into their performances.
“We worked on rehearsals together.”
Thiessen noted the talent portion is considered an event apart from the overall queen competition, and that Hebert’s win doesn’t officially give her a “leg up” on the others.
But other parts of the evening, such as when the contestants introduced themselves and gave speeches thanking their sponsors, will count towards the judges’ decisions come July 1.
The evening also featured a fashion show, seeing the contestants model two summer outfits from local clothing stores.
Local group “The Garage Band,” which provided background music for some of the acts, played a few songs between segments to keep the crowd entertained.
Since entertainment night, the contestants went kayaking Monday with Eric and Caren Fagerdahl of Rainy Lake Boatworks, and met their sponsors at a mix-and-mingle Tuesday evening.
And the girls will stay busy during the BIA’s “Mall Day” on Scott Street tomorrow. Drop by Pharmasave to see them, as well as enjoy children’s games, a dunk tank, and barbecue.
“That’s going to be fun because we have the dunk tank,” enthused Sisco. McQuarrie also noted she was looking forward to Thursday for the children’s activities.
All six also will be on hand Friday for the annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic at the Fort Frances Public Library, followed by Culturama on Saturday at the Memorial Sports Centre.
On July 1, you can see them in the Canada Day parade, where each one will have their own float.
The contestants then will stage their picnic basket auction under the big tent at Pither’s Point at 3:15 p.m. The pageant will culminate with the crowning at 5 p.m.
“I’m excited. I think all the girls and I are looking forward to July 1—the parade, the picnic baskets, everything,” said McQuarrie.
In related Fun in the Sun news, winners of Beta Sigma Phi—Phi Iota Chapter’s annual “Beach Baby” contest also will be announced July 1 at 4:45 p.m.
And the FITS mini-queen contest, sponsored by Wood’s Sewing Machines, will be held this Saturday (June 30) at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre.