Preparation already is underway for the 25th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, which will run July 18-20 at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Jeannette Cawston, one of the tournament directors, said this will be her last year as a director and hopes someone will come forward and work with her this year to learn the ropes.
“It is not really that hard," she stressed. ”Most of my work is done on social media and texting and e-mails.
“Plus, the added benefit of having the best volunteer base to be had, [it] makes the job so much easier!”
The directors also are looking for new sponsors to hopefully bring back some exciting events that used to take place at the FFCBC more than 10 years ago.
One passion the directors have is to bring events to children and families at no charge.
Of course, in order to do so, they need monetary sponsorship.
Cawston said this is hard to do because they already have a huge in-kind sponsorship program that makes the FFCBC the exciting event it is.
“One [event] is the kids' mini-fishing derby, but they need parents and grandparents to come forward and help with not only planning this event but also to volunteer during the actual derby,” she noted.
Cawston can help by taking registrations, and a host of other things, but really is in need of people to come forward and make the kids' fishing derby a memorable one.
Another event the directors are planning to bring back is the boat parade.
Cawston said they spoke to the anglers about last year, with many indicating they gladly would participate in the event—but on a scaled-down version.
“The hope is to have the anglers parade their boats after the Wednesday anglers' meeting and travel along the waterfront to the hospital,” she remarked.
Cawston also is speaking with some past sponsors of these events, but said the FFCBC really needs people to come forward and help before any of that can be solidified.
If you are interested in being a part of this great event, and are looking to join the fantastic volunteers the FFCBC already has, contact Cawston by texting 275-9229 or by visiting the FFCBC's Facebook page.