Borderfest a hit !
Stanstead’s annual summer party, the BorderFest, was held on Saturday under sunny skies. The event that kicks off the day, the 5 km run, is growing: on Saturday, 111 people registered for the race. “We had a record number of entries this year. Our numbers are usually in the eighties,” commented Michael Sudlow who organizes the run every year. Although Stanstead is wellrepresented on the list of runners, people also come from all over the Townships and as far away as Montreal, St. Lambert, Calgary, and Vancouver. The top place finishers in each category were: 12 and under, Felix Bouchard, Charlotte Prangley; 13 – 19 years, Samuel Beauvais, Maude Theberge; 20 – 29, Meredith Lavoie, Charles Alexandre; 30 – 39, Jody Stone, Shannon Stoddard; 40 – 49, Vincent Caldwell, Chantal Legrand; 50 – 59, Joel St. Louis, Sylvie Boudreau; 60 – 69, Johane Routhier, Russell Petelle; 70 – 79, Hugh Wilson; 80+, Jean Bernaguez.
“I know we had wonderful weather because I have a good sunburn,” said AJ Bedard, the president of the Stanstead Recreation Association. “We had lots of entrants in the parade, it was very long, and the talent show and the karaoke contests were a big hit. Mayor Philippe Dutil, Dany Flanders and Damon Cox were the judges,” he added.
The highlight of the evening was the music of Dany Flanders who performed under the big tent from 7:30 to 10 pm. “It was awesome to see all those familiar faces, and some new ones too in the crowd. And then when I got that surprise from Marise (Trepanier), with my face etched right on it, it really brought playing at home, home. I wasn’t expecting anything like that so when mayor Dutil and AJ took it out of the bag, I was at a loss for words, and that doesn’t happen often,” said Mr.
Flanders, adding: “I got so much support from everyone through the whole thing (La Voix), that it was good to come home and say ‘Thank you’ to the town. I’ve played for bigger crowds but there was a bigger feeling from my hometown crowd; I felt a lot of love.”
People bringing their own alcohol to the BorderFest has been a problem in the past, leading to over-indulging and a loss of revenue for this free event which relies on beer sales to finance itself. “The alcohol problem is improving. We had good security guards and police who nipped problems in the bud. However, we were disappointed that not many people chose to take the shuttle bus to the After Party after the fireworks,” said Mr. Bedard.
Besides the many local sponsors of the event, The Association thanks the following volunteers who helped out: Peggy Alger, Constance Bedard, Debbie Bishop, Real Houle, Bridgette Lemay, Debbie MacLeod, Cathy Sheldon, Jerry Smith, Wayne Stratton, Paul Stuart, Serge Tougas, and Sue Wintle.
Singer Dany Flanders was presented with this plaque, created by Picture this on Granite, during his Saturday performance at the Borderfest.