Gearing-up for International Fest


Kyle Moore
St. Stephen/Calais  – International Fest, the annual celebration of unity and friendship between

St. Stephen and Calais, is in the final stages of planning. Organizers from both sides of the border gathered at St. Stephen’s town hall this past Thursday, and representatives from both the Canadian and U.S. committees voiced their plans for the upcoming festival.

One of the main topics of discussion was that of the opening ceremony, known as “Hands Across the Border”, which will be held on August 8 at 7:30 p.m. (ADT) on the Ferry Point Bridge. Organizers plan to unveil hanging flags from both countries that will be unravelled from the midway point of the bridge.

Another major topic of discussion was about the 45th Annual International Homecoming Festival parade, which will begin at 1 p.m. EDT in Calais, Me., and continue through to the Ganong Bros. Ltd. factory in St. Stephen.
For parade goers who wish to watch in a quieter area, organizers have designated the portion of King Street from the intersection with Queen Street to the end of the parade route as a “gentle area” where excessive noise will be kept to a minimum.

As August 8 approaches, organizers say more details will become available in regards to the scheduling of events for both sides of the border.