Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent thanks all

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - A.J. Bedard Pres­i­dent of the Stanstead Recre­ational As­so­ci­a­tion

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 loisirs@stanstead.ca or by phone at 819-704-0660.

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