Everyone, young and old, in Alfred is ready to roll on towards another 150 years.
Everyone, young and old, in Alfred is ready to roll on towards another 150 years.

Alfred celebrates its first sesquicentennial 

Gregg Chamberlain
Sunday was a good day to be mayor for the Village of Alfred.  

“All I can say is we couldn’t ask for a better turnout,” said Mayor Stéphane Sarrazin of the Township of Alfred-Plantagenet. 

Mayor Sarrazin had a good view of the crowds lining up along the village’s main street from the Station Road intersection east to the junction with County Road 15. Residents and visitors gathered before the noon hour to secure themselves a good vantage point along the three-kilometre stretch to watch all of the dozens of entries in the parade that was the weekend highlight of the village’s sesquicentennial celebration. 

“People were happy to get out and see each other,” Mayor Sarrazin said, adding that the 150th anniversary of the village and the founding of the Parish of St-Victor proved a long-needed tonic for the “cabin fever” affliction for many after more than a year of self-imposed confinement at home because of the pandemic. 

The mayor gave full credit to the behind-the-scenes work of the Alfred 150 Committee with organizing all of the events during the past four-day celebration, including live music and various activities at Larocque Park, and other highlights. 

“That beautiful turnout was our reward,” he said. 

The celebration is not over yet. Go to https://www.alfred150.com/ for information on more upcoming events. 

Le fin de semaine du 18 septembre à Alfred, on a combiné les célébrations du 150e anniversaire du village et de la paroisse St-Victor avec la fête de la St-Jean-Baptiste de cette année.
Les Panthères de l'École secondaire catholique de Plantagenet ont remis des diplômes honorifiques à la prochaine génération d'étudiants, lors du défilé du 150e anniversaire, dimanche.