BorderFest at­tracts good crowd at new spot

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

An­other fun-filled BorderFest has come and gone. The weather was cool when it needed to be, such as for the 5km run that at­tracted a record num­ber of run­ners this year: 129 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous high­est fig­ure of 109! A course record was set in the woman’s cat­e­gory by Mary Lou But­ter­field, of Sher­brooke, who ran it in 18.58, and a cat­e­gory record was set by

Rachel Trem­blay-Legrand in the 12 and un­der cat­e­gory with the time of 24.42.

“We had great sup­port from the spon­sors Bou­tique Le Coureur and IGA Stanstead, and the vol­un­teers in the or­ga­ni­za­tion are now fine-tuned to do a re­ally ef­fi­cient job. Run­ners tell me that they love the course, the very low reg­is­tra­tion fee, etc., and some have par­tic­i­pated more than 10 times. Again , the Beau­vais fam­ily from Ferme Mago­lais took home a bunch of medals, the ever en­thu­si­as­tic Mom, France De­mers, and Dad, Serge, hav­ing sup­ported this race with their chil­dren for a decade,” com­mented Og­den mayor Michael Sud­low who or­ga­nizes the race an­nu­ally. Sa­muel Beau­vais, in the 20 – 29 cat­e­gory, had the best time of the race at 16.39

“The weather was cool for the pa­rade but warmed up a lit­tle af­ter that,” said Peggy Al­ger, the sec­re­tary of the Stanstead Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion. “The Stanstead Mar­ket at the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum was a great suc­cess and it was nice to see so many people go­ing into the Mu­seum to take a look. This year, it was our first time at the Ball Park and we liked it a lot. Many said it was much nicer be­ing close and cozy in a fenced-in area,” she added.

The crowd was big­gest when it came time for Dany Flan­ders to sing in the big tent, no-one want­ing to miss the pop­u­lar home-town boy (who now lives in Florida) who proved he could re­ally belt out a tune on the TV se­ries La Voix. A quick shower in the evening didn’t stop or­ga­niz­ers from set­ting off the fire­works around 10:00 to fin­ish the day.

The Stanstead Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion could re­ally use a few more vol­un­teers to be on the com­mit­tee or to just help out at spe­cial events. “We have about six people on the com­mit­tee and many other vol­un­teers who have fol­lowed us through the years, help­ing out at events like the BorderFest or the Haunted House. If we had a few more we would be able to plan more events,” said Ms. Al­ger.

Pho­tos Stanstead Jour­nal

This year’s BorderFest pa­rade fea­tured some of the ‘usual sus­pects’ such as the Stanstead Legion, the Stanstead Farmer’s Mar­ket and some cre­atively dec­o­rated bi­cy­cles.

The ETWA wrestling matches pro­vided a lot of ex­cite­ment and laughs at the BorderFest.

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