Ayer’s Cliff Winter Fun this Saturday
Ayer’sCliff’s Winter Fun Day will kick off with a new activity this Saturday. A parade will begin the festivities at 10:30 am, taking two back streets, crossing Main Street twice, and finishing on Tyler Street. “The parade is being put on by the Auberge Ayer’s Cliff and we have lots of merchants getting involved and getting their floats ready,” said Ayer’s Cliff councillor Peter Mcharg who is helping organize this year’s event.
“We’ve got a pretty full slate of activities this year. There are inflatable games for the kids, a campfire, maple sugar on snow and homemade donuts, face-painting, a broomball tournament, sleigh rides from noon to 6:00 pm, and dog sledding if there is enough snow,” mentioned Mr. Mcharg. The ‘Costumes on Ice’ competition is back and begins at 1:00. There will be prizes for the best costumes and for participating. There will also be snowshoe trails around the fairgrounds.
“A big attraction this year will be the Old Timers hockey game at 2:00. They’ll be taking the rust off their skates and everyone is looking forward to this.” The game will be between the Stanstead Old Timers, coached by Nellie Goodsell, and the Ayer’s Cliff Old Timers, coached by Stanley Holmes. “Stanley has jumped ship and come home for this one,” joked Mr. Mcharg. Some of the players on the Ayer’s Cliff team include Billy Goodsell, André Laporte, Paul Viens, Guy Patry and a few members of the Holmes family.
“A lot of people have really pitched in for this one, like France Coulombe, who’s a councillor, and Sonia Neptune, Steve Luce and Richard Dezan who are helping with the broomball and the hockey. Sherry Drew has worked tirelessly to find volunteers and Linda Grenon is doing just about everything she can do. Eileen Dezan will work the food concessions and Diane Brus is keeping everything in order.”
Everything is free at the Winter Fun Day, including the hotdogs that are served at lunch time and at supper time and the coffee and hot chocolate that will be served throughout the event. Fireworks will be let off around 7:00 pm and the day usually winds up around 9:00 pm. “Our event is getting bigger and bigger every year. People should have a great time,” concluded the organizer.