Border­fest a hit !

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

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.

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