Something for everyone at Stanstead’s Borderfest 2012

Borderfest is back in Stanstead and Saturday, July 7, and promises to be filled with fun for the entire family! This year, all activities and events will take place on the grounds at the Stanstead Manor, located at 500 Dufferin Street. Rain or shine, this is an outdoor event so dress accordingly however the supper, music and dancing will be under the big tent.

For the exercise enthusiasts, start the day at 9:30 a.m. with a 5km run. Runners of all ages and experience are invited to run the same route as last year. This is a wonderful opportunity to run along the old Stanstead rail bed and maybe spot a deer or two. The running trail will be well marked however if you end up in Beebe you have gone too far and will probably miss the parade.

For those of us who are more laid back, pull out your lawn chair and your bag of candy and claim your spot on Dufferin Street to take in the parade and opening ceremony, which start at 10.30 a.m. Following the fanfare, the popular Classic Import car show, featuring old and refurbished cars, returns at 11 a.m. and will run until 6 p.m. From noon until 4 p.m. activities have been planned for all ages such as face painting and petting zoo. Just for the kids, inflatable games will be available from noon to 5 p.m., as well as a craft and game corner.

Try your hand, and test your balance, during a juggling and unicycling workshop with “Michael Extroardinaire -On Eagles Wings” from 1 to 3 p.m. Michael Jenson has studied juggling and is ready and willing to share his knowledge and skill. No experience is necessary, all ages are welcome, as long as they have a willingness to learn and have fun. With a little encouragement from the crowd, Michael will offer a juggling performance at 3 p.m.

If you’re curious about Zumba a demonstration will take place at 1 p.m. with audience participation encouraged, and at 2 p.m. Ghostbusters and bingo starts, with prizes for all ages. Most of the activities take place between noon and 5 p.m. and the day will be topped off with the firemen spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by a movie once it is dark enough. The party keeps going with music and dancing with the “Renegades” from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by fireworks, and then more music and dancing with “les Bad Boys” from 8 to midnight. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Other events occurring during the day include “taste of the region” at the Colby Curtis museum which features local food and drink producers with samples and sales, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a $5 dollar fee for this event but visiting the museum and boutique are free. If you have never been in the museum this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Stanstead past and present and to visit their permanent exhibit, which is the house itself. Named “Carrollcroft” and built in 1859, the house provides a glimpse at the gracious lifestyle enjoyed by several generations of a prominent border family of American origin. The changing temporary exhibits present other fascinating aspects of regional history. For more information about the current exhibit please contact the museum directly at 819-876-7322.

Pre-registration for the race is required at a cost of $8 for adults and $4 for youth and children. To pre-register or for more information about the race, please contact Michael Sudlow at 819-876-5378. For additional information about Borderfest or if you would like to volunteer for the day, please contact Marise Trépanier by calling 819-704-0660 or emailing [email protected].

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By: Debbie Bishop, Co-Coordinator, Estrie Network – Partners for Health and Social Services

Photo Credit: Ross Murray

Photo Cutline: Borderfest is back in Stanstead and the 2012 edition on Saturday, July 7, has a program packed with fun from morning till night.