Border­fest a Hit

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

This year’s Border­fest cel­e­bra­tions were held on Satur­day, July 9th from 9:00 AM to mid­night. The fes­tiv­i­ties be­gan with a pa­rade down Duf­ferin Street and ended with fire­works and dancing in a tent erected at Sun­ny­side School.

The morn­ing be­gan with a flir­ta­tion with rain. The day started out cold and spec­ta­tors along Duf­ferin

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Fu­ture fire­fight­ers were wav­ing to the crowd dur­ing the Border­fest pa­rade last Satur­day.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Fa­mous marathoner Yolande Marois, from Water­ville and in her eight­ies, is en­cour­aged by other rac­ers as she fin­ishes the 5 km. run. were mum­bling about um­brel­las and a backup plan if the skies opened up. How­ever, the slight driz­zle soon evap­o­rated and the day evolved into a beau­ti­ful, sunny day with a cool breeze, per­fect for spend­ing the day out­doors.

The events through­out the day def­i­nitely drew re­spectable en­thu­si­asm. The af­ter­noon for many kids was spent on the grounds of Stanstead Col­lege, where ac­tiv­i­ties were set up and lunch was served. On the school grounds were bouncy rides and Chamox erected a climb­ing wall and zip line for the ad­ven­ture­some to scale. Also on site was a uni­cy­cling jug­gler who gave im­promptu lessons to kids on how to jug­gle and ride a uni­cy­cle. He had about 7 uni­cy­cles on hand and the kids seemed de­ter­mined to con­quer this feat, al­though I didn’t no­tice any that were highly suc­cess­ful at it. I guess it takes time.

At Sun­ny­side there were chil­dren play­ing in the play­ground while adults en­joyed the sounds of live mu­sic and pe­rused items on sale by lo­cal ven­dors. Horse car­riage rides were of­fered from the Colby Cur­tis Mu­seum, which was also host­ing their Taste the Re­gion event for a good part of the af­ter­noon. A din­ner of roast pork and baked pota­toes, spon­sored by IGA Roy Fam­ily, was served at 5 p.m. at night­fall the town gath­ered in the school yard for a fire­work dis­play. The mood was fes­tive and the crowd re­mained well into the night. The band Black Dog played clas­sic rock mu­sic and young and old alike were dancing through­out the evening.

From the be­gin­ning of the day with fire trucks, po­lice cars and chil­dren on 4x4’s parad­ing through town, to the fire­works and late night dancing, it ap­pears the whole town had a great day. This hav­ing been my first Border­fest, I had a great time and am now look­ing for­ward to the Town­ship­per’s Day cel­e­bra­tions com­ing to Stanstead in Septem­ber.

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