St. Stephen gets new pavilion
The Town of St. Stephen has a new pavilion.
According to St. Stephen Town Administrator Johnny Broome, the pavilion will radically change the way future festivals are laid out. The structure is ready for next month’s October Festival and next spring’s Catfish Festival.
“The focal point will become the pavilion and it will allow us to spread things out a little bit,” Broome said. “We’ll be able to move a lot of the vendors and the rides around to the front of the building now.”
Broome said the new configuration moves the carnival portion of the festivals to the front of the town administration building.
“This will give us some flexibility for those with electrical needs, but we’ll still keep many of the crafts vendors that don’t need power out around the track,” he said.
The new configuration will spread things out a little bit and also give the town some ability to expand their annual celebrations.
The pavilion includes a stage and a large covered seating area that can also be used for picnics. Broome added that the structure is still a work in progress.
“Eventually we want to add dressing rooms and restrooms to the stage area,” he said. “We want to eventually make the pavilion a self-contained structure. It will also take the weather out of the equation somewhat.”
Broome said moving the carnival portion to the front of the grounds will also be beneficial.
“It’s soft ground out back,” he said. “Even when it doesn’t rain it gets really soft back in that corner. Moving the rides and games out front will give us some firmer footing.”
Octoberfest is scheduled for Oct. 11-12 and the 2014 edition of the Catfish Festival will run April 4-6.