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