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