August 17, 2007
The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce will combine their respective Come to Campus Days and Scarecrow Festival celebrations into a large, community-wide event the weekend of September 14, 15 and 16 in Fort Kent.
The three days of festivities feature many events, including the Downtown Fort Kent Street Festival, a dance with the very popular local band “French Toast,” and the ever- popular annual parade.
Events begin on Friday, September 14 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Bengal Barbecue and a pep rally on the UMFK campus quad to celebrate the reunion of returning alumni, current students, faculty, staff and friends. The barbecue open to the public at a cost of $6 per person.
Beginning a noon, sidewalk vendors will be set up along West Main Street beginning at noon selling food, specialty items, homemade goods and other items. Businesses interested in being part of the bazaar should contact the Chamber of Commerce at (207) 834-5354 for more information.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening, traffic will be stopped on West Main Street between Hall and James Streets to prepare for the evening’s festivities. At 6:30 p.m., UMFK will have a “Bouncy House” set up on Main Street to add to the festivities. Other fun-filled family events, organized by local organizations, will be available.
At 8 p.m., West Main Street in Fort Kent will come alive with a downtown Fort Kent Street Festival. The event will feature live entertainment at various locations. Food vendors will be on site and fun events are planned for all ages.
At 8:30 a bonfire, to keep people warm, will be located at the vacant lot located near the China Garden restaurant. The bonfire is sponsored by the UMFK Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity.
On Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sidewalk vendors will again be set up giving everyone who missed out on Friday, or just couldn’t get enough of the bazaar, another chance to see what Fort Kent area businesses and residents have to offer. The Come to Campus Days and Scarecrow Festival parade will begin at 11 a.m. The parade will start at the courthouse on Market Street. It will turn and run along Main Street where it will cut into the Irving parking lot, follow Elm Street until it intersects with Main Street, continue up Monument Square, and end at the University. Businesses or organizations interested in participating in the parade should contact Susan at 834-7557. All entrants in the parade are encouraged to follow the theme of “Scarecrow Festival.” Awards for winning entries will take place at the end of the parade route at Acadia House, the residence of UMFK’s president.
This year festivities also will include a “Scarecrow Auction.” The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce is asking non-profit organizations to build their own scarecrows. For a registration fee of $10 made through the chamber office, an organization can auction off its own unique scarecrow, which will be on display throughout the weekend. The auction will be held on Saturday, September 16 at the Fort Kent Town Office at 1 p.m. All non-profit organizations are asked to please contact the chamber office at 834-5354 for registration or for more information on the auction.
An exhibit entitled “Fort Kent Blockhouse Town Symbol and Tourist Attraction,” by curator and antiquarian Chad Pelletier, will be on display at the UMFK Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes gallery room. Pelletier’s work will be displayed in the gallery room through Friday, September 28. The opening reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. For information on the exhibit contact Pelletier at 834-2115.
A second exhibit will be held in the UMFK Blake Library gallery. Julie Daigle’s work will depict the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The exhibit will be displayed during regular library hours until the end of September. The opening reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. For more information on the exhibit, contact curator Sophia Birden at 834-7527.
Family fun activities also are planned for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bee Jay’s Tavern. The event will feature face painting and free pumpkins.
The UMFK ladies’ soccer team is in action at the Alumni Memorial Field where it will battle Fisher College. At 11 a.m. Following the women’s game, the UMFK men’s soccer team will play against Fisher College. The game will begin at 1 p.m.
An elegant evening highlighted by the Alumni & Friends Banquet in Nowland Hall, which will bring together alumni and current students, as well as friends of UMFK for a social and a banquet. The annual alumni awards will be presented during the evening. Also during the evening, the UMFK “Athletic Hall of Fame” will announce its inductees for the coming year.
The social begins at 5:30 p.m. with the banquet following at 6:30 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. “French Toast,” a popular local rock and roll band, will perform in Nowland Hall. Tickets for the event are $20 per person and must be purchased through the University Relations and Alumni Affairs office. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Thursday, September 6. Contact the Alumni Affairs office at 834-7557.
A UMFK alumni soccer scrimmage will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. A co-ed squad of soccer team players and a UMFK alumni team will square-off for a fun-filled “friendly.” Different generations of players will get a chance to see if they still have what it takes to play on the Alumni Memorial Field.
Also beginning 10 a.m. and running until 12 noon, a diversity brunch will take place at Nowland Hall. The buffet brunch will consist of specialty dishes representing the different nations and unique cultures of UMFK’s current student body. The cost of admission for the event is $7 per person. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For more information contact Ray Phinney, associate director of student activities and diversity programming, at 834-7850.
Elsewhere on Sunday, the Fort Kent Senior Club will hold a Scarecrow Festival Dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort Kent Senior Center. The cost of the roast beef meal is $7 per person. To end the weekend festivities, the Fort Kent Senior Center will host a “Scarecrow Festival Dance” from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission at the door is $3.50 per person. For more information on events held at the center, contact Christy Plourde at 834-4446.
For more information on UMFK “Come to Campus Days” events, please contact the Alumni Affairs office at 834-7557. For information on “Scarecrow Festival” events, please contact the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce at 834-5354.
In addition to the list of events going on, the committees encourage both businesses and residents alike to decorate.