BorderFest attracts good crowd at new spot
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.
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.