Border­fest moves to big­ger grounds

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

Stanstead's Border­Fest, this Satur­day from 9:30 in the morn­ing un­til mid­night, will have a new look this year. It’s mov­ing to a new lo­ca­tion: the grounds be­tween the Manoir Stanstead and the Pat Burns Arena. “We have big­ger fields at the new loca-

tion, and fields all around the area,” said AJ Bedard, the pres­i­dent of the Stanstead Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion. The Grand Open­ing and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the floats will take place in front of the Manoir Stanstead.

The pa­rade may also have a dif­fer­ent look given that it’s now be­ing or­ga­nized by a new group of vol­un­teers from the Stanstead Entertainment Cen­tre (bowl­ing alley). “The Stanstead Entertainment Cen­tre has taken it on and they are tak­ing reg­is­tra­tions for the pa­rade. It’s very hard work to or­ga­nize a pa­rade,” com­mented Mr. Bedard.

First up, on Satur­day at 9:30 am, is the 11th an­nual 5 km run or­ga­nized by Michael Sud­low ev­ery year. There are lots of door prizes and medals for the top placed fin­ish­ers in each cat­e­gory of this pleas­ant run that takes par­tic­i­pants both through the town and through the sur­round­ing for­est. Peo­ple must reg­is­ter ahead of time at the Stanstead Col­lege gym­na­sium, begin­ning at 8:15 am, Satur­day morn­ing. The Stanstead IGA pro­vides wa­ter and sliced or­anges to all the run­ners af­ter the race.

The Fire­men’s Games are re­turn­ing to Border­Fest on Satur­day. The Stanstead Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment will or­ga­nize dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren of all ages. Other amuse­ments for the young ones will be a pet­ting zoo from noon to 4:00, face-paint­ing, in­flat­able games and the chance to meet some ‘Ghost­busters’ who will be wan­der­ing through the crowds with their ghost-bust­ing gear.

The lo­cal fire­men we wrote about a few weeks ago in the Stanstead Jour­nal who were rais­ing money for the Leu­can Shaved Head Chal­lenge will hold the ‘head’shav­ing’ event un­der the big tent at 4:00 pm. A few more fire­men have joined Firechief Jean Fluet and Eric Blanchette in this fundraiser, how­ever, AJ is keep­ing their iden­ti­ties se­cret un­til Satur­day.

There will be a ta­lent show for peo­ple of all ages. You don’t have to reg­is­ter ahead for this event, just bring your ta­lent, your in­stru­ments, and “just hop on stage.” There will be in­ter­est­ing prizes to win. If jump­ing on stage isn’t your thing, then maybe look­ing at vin­tage cars is. “The whole back field is sup­posed to be filled with clas­sic cars,” said the or­ga­nizer.

The Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum is hold­ing a Taste of the Re­gion event from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lo­cal food pro­duc­ers will have lots of de­li­cious sam­ples to en­tice vis­i­tors with. There is a small fee for this event which comes with a free visit to the Mu­seum.

The Stanstead IGA is bow­ing out of the Com­mu­nity Sup­per that it ran for many years un­der the big tent at the Border­Fest. “This year the fire­men will do a Spaghetti Din­ner to raise money for the de­part­ment,” ex­plained AJ. The Rene­gades, from Stanstead, will pro­vide live din­ner mu­sic be­tween 6:00 and 8:00 pm, play­ing out­side the big tent while peo­ple dine. Once din­ner is over, The Bad Boys will move into the tent and take over the live mu­sic, per­form­ing un­til mid­night.

There’s ac­tu­ally fun for the whole fam­ily in the evening, too. The clas­sic film “Ghost­busters” will be shown un­der the stars once it’s dark enough, so bring your chairs and blan­kets. Fire­works will light up the sky around 10:00 pm.

It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that all al­co­holic bev­er­ages must be bought on the site. This is the only way the or­ga­niz­ers raise money to pay for the fire­works, the bands, the rent­ing of the in­flat­able games and other free ac­tiv­i­ties for this ‘free ad­mis­sion’ event. “Any other al­co­holic bev­er­ages will be seized,” said Mr. Bedard.

Photo cour­tesy

Stanstead res­i­dent Lo­gan Gustin got the chance to meet hockey leg­end Bobby Orr last week in Sher­brooke.

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