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UMFK partners with Scarecrow Festival to plan a weekend full of activity September 15-17

August 21, 2006


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 planned for the weekend of September 15, 16 and 17 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 15, UMFK professor of forestry and environmental studies, Dave Hobbins will host a one-hour GIS/GPS alumni workshop, which will be held at UMFK in Cyr Hall?s GIS Lab, Room111.

Also, UMFK Kappa Delta Phi fraternity will hold an alumni breakfast at Rock?s Family Diner. This year the fraternity is celebrating 40 years of service to the community.

An exhibit entitled ?Spirit of Evangeline,? by curator Francoise Paradis, will be at the UMFK Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes gallery room. Paradis? work will be displayed in the gallery room thorough September. The viewing hours on Friday will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information on the exhibit hours, contact Lisa Ornstien, director of the Acadian Archives at (207) 834-7536.

At 11 a.m., a Bengal Barbecue and Pep Rally will be held on the UMFK campus quad to celebrate the reunion of returning alumni, current students, faculty, staff and friends. The barbecue is open to the public at a cost of $5 per person.

Sidewalk vendors will be set up along West Main Street beginning at noon selling food, specialty items, homemade goods and other items. If you are interested in being part of the bazaar, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (207) 834-5354 for more information.

The Riverhouse Restaurant will hold an Attitude Adjustment night, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

A customer and UMFK alumni appreciation event will be held between 4 and 8 p.m. at Bee-Jay?s Tavern.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, traffic will be stopped on West Main Street between Hall Street and James Street to prepare for the evening?s festivities. At 6:30 p.m., UMFK will have a Bouncy Tiger set up on Main Street to add to the festivities.

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 four locations.

A bonfire, to keep people warm, will be located at the vacant lot formerly occupied by the Fort Kent Hotel. The bonfire is sponsored by the UMFK Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity.

On the opposite end of West Main Street, the band ?French Toast? will perform on the street outside of Bee-Jays Tavern as part of an Octoberfest-theme party from 9 p.m. to closing.

The Riverhouse Restaurant will feature an evening of outdoor Karaoke and music with DJ, Pam Cyr and Adam Ouellette from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Swamp Buck Restaurant will provide festival-goers with the opportunity to enjoy sounds from ?Still Frame? from 8 p.m. to closing.

On Saturday, September 16, sidewalk vendors will again be set up giving everyone that 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 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Come to Campus Days and Scarecrow Festival parade will begin at 11 a.m. The parade route will begin at the courthouse and on Market Street. It will turn and run on Main Street where it will cut into the Irving parking lot, follow Elm Street until it intersects with Main Street, follow up Monument Square and end at the University. If you are interested in participating in the parade, contact Susan at 834-7557.

All entrants in the parade are encouraged to follow the theme of ?Scarecrow Festival?. Awarding of the winning entries will take place at the end of the parade route at Acadia House, the residence of UMFK?s president.

Family fun festivities 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 they will battle Unity. The women play at 1 p.m.

The UMFK ladies volleyball team also is in action at the UMFK Sports Center where they will play against University of Maine at Machias at 1p.m..

An elegant evening will begin with the Alumni & Friends Banquet in Nowland Hall, which will join together present alumni and current students, as well as friends of UMFK, for a social and a banquet where the annual alumni awards will be presented.

The social will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the banquet following at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for this event are $15 and must be purchased in advance through the university relations and alumni affairs office.

At 8:30 p.m., ?French Toast? a popular local rock and roll band, will perform in the Nowland Hall. Tickets for this event are $5 if you are not attending the banquet. Contact the UMFK university relations office at 834-7557 for more information on the event.

Sunday will begin with an Olde Fashioned Harvest Buffet Breakfast at the River House Restaurant between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. UMFK students and alumni will have a 10 percent discount for breakfast.

At 10 a.m. UMFK alumni basketball players from the past will unite for a basketball game. Different generations of basketball players will get a chance to see if they still have what it takes to play at the UMFK Sports Center.

A diversity picnic will take place from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. consisting of specialty dishes representing the different nations and unique cultures of the UMFK student body. The cost of admission for this event is $5 per person. The public is invited to attend this wonderful event. For more information contact Ray Phinney, assistant director of residential life and diversity programming, at 834-7665.

UMFK women?s soccer teams will do final Come to Campus Days battle on Alumni Memorial Field against University of Maine at Augusta. The game will be played at 1 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.

In addition to the list of events going on, the committees are encouraging both businesses and residents to decorate. Last year businesses were asked to place scarecrows outside or decorate their front windows.