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