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‘Quest for the best’ taking shape

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“Quest for the Best” already is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship late next month, with contestant forms available as of last week.

“Quite a few people have called so far. And lots of people have picked up forms to enter,” said organizer Dawn Booth of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce.

“There’s three people in it so far.”

Newcomer Katie Steele will be singing solo, as well as former contestant Jon Bone. At least one duo, whose names could not be confirmed by press time today, also will be taking the stage July 25 at 7 p.m. under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.

Entry forms are available at the Chamber office (across from Safeway), CFOB, Sears Canada, Rainy River High School, the Corner Closet in Emo, and the International Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Deadline for registration is June 8. Contestant must be at least 14 years old and only the first 20 entries--solo or duet--are accepted. Entry fee is $20 per person.

Booth noted almost everything is in place for the popular singing contest. “There still are a few things to work out with the bass committee but all our sponsors are in place,” she noted.

Several cash prizes are up for grabs, including $500 for first place (sponsored by the Royal Bank), $300 for second (Sears Canada), and $200 for third (Tammi’s Flowers, Cards & Gifts).

Other prizes include people’s choice, most original, contestants’ choice, and audience response. Recipients in these categories will get $100 from sponsors Carpet & Tile Discounters, Tammy Kellar (Royal Bank investment and retirement planner), In-Focus Photography, Northern Lights Credit Union, and Tess’s Kitchen.

Booth said tickets will go on sale June 28 to coincide with the BIA’s Mall Day. Cost is $10 in advance, or $12 at the door (if there’s any space still left).

“After [June 28], they’ll be available at the Chamber and a few other locations in town,” noted Booth.

“I’m very confident we’ll have 20 contestants, sell all of our tickets, and have a great time,” she added, noting the event will include bar services run by bass tourney volunteers.

“Quest” was last held in conjunction with the FFCBC in 1999. Last year, it was staged at the Townshend Theatre.

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