St. Stephen 150; win a cash prize for best costume from the 1870s

Sari Green/Courier Celebrate St. Stephen 150 events are fast-approaching, including the Fashion Show Costume Contest. Anyone who wants to enter can dress up in a costume that represents life in the 1870s, and there are two cash prizes of $150 to be had. Town Events Coordinator Michelle Vest, and Chief Administrative Officer Jeff Renaud decided to get an early start on their costumes, and took a walk along the waterfront and Milltown Boulevard to get the ball rolling.

ST. STEPHEN – If you love to get dressed up in costumes, you are going to really love the Celebrate St. Stephen Fashion Show Costume Contest. This is just one of many fun events coming up on the weekend of Saturday, May 15 through Monday, May 17, the date which marks the 150th birthday of the town. Town Events Coordinator Michelle Vest said she is very excited about the celebration, with events for all ages taking place.

If you have a costume or can throw one together that represents the 1870s, make your way to the Garcelon Civic Center on Sunday, May 16 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. for a chance to win one of two $150 cash prizes. There are two prize categories, Best Child Costume (16 years and under) and Best Adult costume, and the contest is completely free to enter. You can go to the Town of St. Stephen and the St. Stephen 150 Facebook pages to sign-up.

“People can enter for free,” said Vest. “When they come in, we’ve got a little photo station set up so we can take a picture. We have a proper little photo station now, and it’s got a green screen. We can put something in behind it (subject). We’ll send it to them if they want it. They get to walk onto the stage. Mark Downey will be doing our announcing and some music.”

Vest said the panel of judges for the costume contest consists of a few members of the St. Stephen 150 committee and members of the Lionettes. Members of the service organization have been longstanding judges for local contests, including parades and other events, and volunteered to help pick the two winners.

“We’re hoping people will come and have fun with it. We are calling it the 1870s, so you could be a bartender, you could be a shop keeper, you could be a government worker. We don’t care. Just put on something fun from the 1870s.”