Ok­to­ber­fest draws hun­gry crowd

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

Stanstead’s first Ok­to­ber­fest, the new com­mu­nity event or­ga­nized to re­place the Bor­der Fest, drew a good crowd last Satur­day de­spite the fact that nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, such as the Town­ship­pers’ Day, were tak­ing place on the same day in the Town­ships. “We weren’t ex­pect­ing that large of a crowd, but we made out just fine. Un­for­tu­nately we ran out of sausages near the end,” ex­plained AJ Bedard, the pres­i­dent of the Stanstead Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion, the or­ga­niz­ers of the event.

The event was held on the ex­pan­sive grounds of the Stanstead Stone Cir­cle with a big main tent set up in the mid­dle of the stones. “It was a beau­ti­ful place to have it, right there in the mid­dle of the Stone Cir­cle. We only had two bouncy struc­tures be­cause we weren’t sure how many kids would come, but lots of kids did come with their par­ents,” said AJ. The MicTrio band was well-liked by ev­ery­one and the fire depart­ment took care of a bon­fire, scaled down some­what be­cause of the wind.

The fire­works were set off at ten, a lit­tle late for some of the chil­dren. “We re­ceived a lot of good com­ments about the event, ex­cept that the fire­works were a lit­tle late. We were used to hav­ing the Border­fest fire­works at 10:00 pm, but it gets darker ear­lier in Septem­ber so we’ll prob­a­bly have them ear­lier next year,” con­cluded Mr. Bedard.

Photo cour­tesy

The vol­un­teer bar­tenders of the Stanstead Ok­to­ber­fest last Satur­day were (left to right): Kathy Shel­don, Constance Bedard, Jo­hanie De­shar­nais and Roxanne Fau­teux.

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