Bor­der -Fest will need ad­just­ment

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

Although the Bor­der Fest pa­rade and the fire­works in the evening were very pop­u­lar, the main event at the Ball Park was not as well at­tended as in past years. “There was a low turnout on site which was un­for­tu­nate be­cause that’s where we make our money,” said Stanstead’s recre­ation co­or­di­na­tor Marise Trepanier.

Selling beer to pa­trons on site helps the or­ga­niz­ers pay for the ex­tras at the event, like the live mu­sic and the wrestling show, so good at­ten­dance, and the will­ing­ness to pay a lit­tle ex­tra for your beer, will make or break this an­nual com­mu­nity party.

“There were lots of peo­ple for the bingo, and the wrestling was re­ally great and ev­ery­one en­joyed it. The vol­un­teers from the Caisse Des­jardins ran the ‘Washer toss’ which peo­ple also seemed to en­joy,” added Marise. Another new game that peo­ple had fun play­ing was the po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rectly named ‘New­fie Golf’!

There was a charge, this time, for the in­flat­able chil­dren’s games, put down to $2 from $3 at the last minute af­ter hear­ing some con­cerns from peo­ple with chil­dren. The or­ga­niz­ers of the event were try­ing to raise money for the long-awaited Stanstead wa­ter park, now eight years in the plan­ning. $23,000 has been raised over the years for the over $100,000 pro­ject. “We were able to raise around $800 for the wa­ter park, some peo­ple even do­nat­ing ex­tra money for it,” said Ms. Trepanier.

“The pa­rade went great,” said or­ga­nizer Nick­o­las Wood. The reg­is­tra­tion of floats be­fore the pa­rade went well and peo­ple were much more po­lite when faced with the road clo­sures. “Ma­gog Ford came to be in the pa­rade and they had the best set up; they brought all blue and white cars,” said Mr. Wood. The only chal­lenge this year was find­ing vol­un­teers to help with the pa­rade. “I had to call a lot of peo­ple at the last minute and beg them to help out,” added Nick­o­las who ad­mit­ted that if he can’t find some se­ri­ous help for next year’s pa­rade, he’s quit­ting.

Thank­fully the fire­works went off with­out in­ci­dent, since most of the Stanstead fire­fight­ers were at the fire sta­tion in be­tween fire calls while they lit up the sky!

The Euro Bungee is al­ways a big hit at the Bor­der-Fest. See more pic­tures page 8

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