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UMFK partners with Scarecrow Festival and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to plan a weekend full of activity September 17-19

August 20, 2004


The University of Maine at Fort Kent, in conjunction with the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, are getting ready for the annual Come to Campus Days/ Scarecrow Festival on September 17, 18 and 19.

In addition to the UMFK and chamber events, this year's festivities will incorporate the opening of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail in Fort Kent.

The three-day long event will feature many scheduled festivities beginning Friday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. with the judging of the indoor/outdoor scarecrow and fall decorating contests.

Local businesses and residents will compete to have the most creative scarecrows or the most festive seasonal decorations. To participate in this event you must register with the chamber of commerce.

At 11:00 a.m. there will be a diversity brunch held in Nowland Hall consisting of specialty dishes representing the nations and cultures of the students of UMFK. The cost of admission to this event will be $4.00 per person. For more information contact Ray Phinney, assistant director of residential life and diversity programming, at 834-7665.

Sidewalk vendors will be set up along West Main Street from noon through 7:00 p.m. selling food, specialty items, homemade goods, and all the other items that Fort Kent residents and businesses have to offer.

At 3:00 p.m. UMFK will be holding the dedication and official opening ceremonies for the new Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes building. This event will mark the completion of months of hard work and planning.

Festivities will include Acadian-themed entertainment and food, greetings and dedication remarks, an official ribbon cutting as well as guided tours through the remarkable new facility.

A retrospective art show of works by artist, and director of student services, Scott Voisine, UMFK class of 1994, entitled "'94 to Now" will open at 4:00 p.m. in the Blake Library art gallery. Everyone is invited to come view the many wonderful works of art on display.

Area businesses in Fort Kent will be putting on a "Greater Fort Kent Area Harvest Feast" from 4:00 through 7:00 p.m. Each restaurant participating in the event will have themed specials for patrons to choose from.

At 8:00 p.m., "Bengal Band on the Quad" will feature live music by the Jerry T. Band under the tent on the UMFK campus quad. Everyone is invited to enjoy a relaxed evening of good music, and good times in the center of the UMFK campus.

The Swamp Buck Restaurant will feature drink specials for UMFK alumni and a chance for socializing among former classmates at "The Buck Stops Here" starting at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday morning will begin with sidewalk vendors setting up again from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. giving everyone that missed out on Friday or just didn't get enough, another opportunity to see what the Fort Kent area has to offer.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail will be holding their opening at 10:00 a.m. at Riverside Park. The 740-mile trail that starts in Old Forge, New York and ends in Fort Kent represents a network of travel routes once used by Native Americans and early European settlers.

Former graduates of the UMFK nursing program are being invited to participate in events geared specifically towards them including a "Walk Down Memory Lane" brunch at 10:00 a.m., which will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Betty Neuman, who will talk on the "Holistic Perspectives in Nursing".

At 10:30 a.m. campus tours will be given to show all returning alumni the many changes that UMFK has had since their years on campus, including the most recent additions Nadeau Hall, the Acadian Archives, the New Residence Hall, and the 12 foot granite sculpture adorning the quad.

A Come to Campus Days and Scarecrow Festival parade will commence at 11:30 a.m. All entrants in the parade are encouraged to follow the theme of UMFK green and gold and/or Scarecrow Festival. Presentations of the winning entries will occur at the end of the parade.

To continue on with events for the opening of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail a pig roast will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Riverside Park, where there will also be horse-drawn hayrides around Fort Kent.

Those interested in checking out what UMFK athletics are up to can watch the soccer teams in action at the Alumni Memorial Field where they will face off against St. Joseph's College of Vermont with the women playing at 1:00 p.m. and the men playing at 3:00 p.m.

Immediately following the hayrides at Riverside Park at 1:30 p.m., there will be canoe demonstrations, a seminar on the topic of "Nutrition on the Trails", and safety training.

At 2:00 p.m. the unveiling and book signing of "A Century and a Quarter of Progress" a newly published book detailing the history of UMFK since its beginning as the Madawaska Training School, will be held in UMFK's Blake Library. President Richard Cost will be on hand to autograph the prologue for the publication on Major William Dickey which he authored.

The evening will begin with the Alumni & Friends Banquet in the UMFK SportsCenter, which will join together present and future alumni, as well as friends of UMFK, for a social and a banquet where annual alumni awards will be presented. The social will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the banquet immediately following. Tickets for this event need to be purchased in advance through the University Relations and Alumni Affairs Office.

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. there will be a reception for the art exhibit "'94 to Now" which will be held in the Blake Library Art Gallery.

A Contra Dance will be held in Nowland Hall at 8:00 p.m. It will be an evening of traditional folk dancing and music in a relaxed atmosphere.

At 8:30 p.m. UMFK will be holding a cabaret in the Bengal's Lair. The cabaret will consist of the live music of UMFK's alumni, current students, faculty, staff and community friends.

Sunday will begin with an "Olde Fashioned Harvest Breakfast" to be held at local businesses in the greater Fort Kent area. The restaurants will feature breakfast specials similar to those served during old harvest times.

At 10:00 a.m. UMFK soccer players from the past will come together for the annual Alumni Soccer game. The different generations of soccer players will get a chance to see if they still have what it takes to play on Alumni Memorial Field, and have a good time while doing it.

From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. an "Apres-Midi du Bon Vieux de Temps", which will be a day for the family that will include horse-drawn hayrides, music and other family-orientated activities, will take place at the Fort Kent Elementary School.

UMFK's men's and women's soccer teams will again do battle on Alumni Memorial Field against Lyndon State College. Games will be played by the women at 12:00 noon and the men at 2:00 p.m.

For more information on Come to Campus Days events, contact the University Relations Office at UMFK at 834-7557. For information on Scarecrow Festival events, contact the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce at 834-5354. For information on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail opening and related events, contact the Fort Kent Office of Economic and Community Development at 834-3507.