Recreation Association President thanks all
Once again, Border Fest turned out to be quite a success. The day started off quite cloudy and chilled but changed slowly into a warm and sunny day. The day started off with the 5K Race, which many participated, followed by the well-known parade that takes place on Dufferin Street. Mr. Jean Rousseau (Federal deputy), Mr. Pierre Reid (Provincial deputy) and Mr. Philippe Dutil (Mayor of Stanstead) greeted the crowd at the opening ceremony. The parade was organized by Nicolas Wood, from the Stanstead Entertainment Center and was announced by our very own Association members; Peggy Alger and Paul Stuart, which did a fantastic job!! Once the parade was over, the crowd quickly moved over to the Border Fest grounds at the end of Park Street. The Colby Curtis Museum was offering free entrance visits throughout the day along with the Market. Later on that day, we had ETWA (Eastern Townships Wrestling Association), which performed two great shows; this seemed to be quite the crowd pleaser. Inflatable games were quite impressive, face painting; Bean bag tournament also was a hit. Later on in the afternoon, a talent show/karaoke contest took place, followed by the great Dany Flanders performance. High winds made it difficult for the fireworks team to setup, but luckily we wind died down right before the launch of the fireworks. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our forever-generous sponsors. Town of Stanstead, Electrician Patrick Bouchard, GranQuartz Canada, Rock of Ages Canada, Granit Design, Ambulance of Stanstead, Simbole Communications, Caisse Desjardins du Lac-Memphrémagog, Municipality of Ogden, Rouleau Granit, Abco STC Inc., Rona A. Fluet & Fils I’d like to thank for following organisations for participating in our event; The Stanstead fire department, C.A.B. Rediker, Border Hockey Minor, the Town of Stanstead, more precisely the public works department that put a lot of effort in setting up, Memphré en movement, Zone Wixx, the Sureté du Québec and all others that participated in the parade. I’d also like to thank our Association members which are awesome volunteers that work tirelessly throughout the year to bring these great events; Peggy Alger, Brigitte Lemay, Paul Stuart, Wayne Stratton and Serge Tougas. A huge thanks to our Border Fest volunteers; Constance Bedard, Kathy Sheldon, Sharon Misener, Real Houle, Jerry Smith, Nickolas Wood, Angela Leigh, Michael Sudlow, Charles McIntyre and Germaine Vachon. A special thanks to Brian Curtis and Jane Webb. I’d also like to thank Marise Trépanier which is a core organiser of Stanstead. I’d like to mention once again that all of the events that we organise are strictly funded by the sales (i.e. activity charges, sales of alcohol). When citizens bring in their own alcohol OR are drinking out in the parking lot, they are not supporting the cost of the FREE entertainment (i.e. Band, Fireworks, etc…), which are the most costly activities that take place. I know that those concerned probably won’t be reading this, but I’m taking a chance. Note that others fairs nearby, charge an entrance fee of 8$ or 10$ which we haven’t done, but it may be an option for future events. If you have questions or comments regarding this article or the event, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 819-704-0660.