August 27, 2004
The University of Maine at Fort Kent, celebrating "Come to Campus Days", and the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, celebrating their Scarecrow Festival, are joining forces to organize a parade on September 18, at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Fort Kent.
The parade will follow the 10:00 a.m. grand opening of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which is 740 miles of historic waterways once used by Native Americans and early settlers that runs from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent.
Last year the organizations worked together to produce the largest parade of the fall season, celebrating both UMFK's 125th Anniversary and the 10th Annual Scarecrow Festival.
Invitations to participate in the parade were recently mailed to area businesses, marching bands, pageant queens and civic organizations, however, interested individuals are encouraged to contact UMFK at 834-7557 for more information or to register.
Line-up for the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Kent Courthouse. The parade entries will depart from the district courthouse on Market Street and will proceed north on Market Street to East Main Street. Entries will follow Main Street to the Irving Mainway, proceed through the parking lot behind Irving and follow Elm Street until it intersects with Main Street. The parade will then make its way up Monument Square and onto Pleasant Street to the University, where it will end.
Judging of the parade entries will take place at Daigle and Houghton, Inc. on Market Street. The awards ceremony will follow at the UMFK President's House on Pleasant Street as entrants pass by.
The parade will have two themes: "UMFK: Green and Gold" and the traditional "Scarecrow" theme. Participants are encouraged to incorporate one or both of these themes into their entries. Organizers are hoping to make this the largest and most impressive fall event the St. John Valley has ever seen.
Festivities will resume around Fort Kent and on the UMFK campus immediately following the parade.
Both women's and men's soccer teams will be in action on Alumni Memorial Field to battle St. Joseph's College of Vermont at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., respectively.
There will be a Pig Roast Party at Riverside Park beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 each and take-out will be available. Also at Riverside Park, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail will be offering canoeing and kayaking demonstrations, and seminars on water safety and nutrition on the trails.
Back on the UMFK campus, the Alumni Association will hold the official unveiling and book signing of UMFK's new 125th Anniversary Book A Century and a Quarter of Progress at 2:00 p.m. in Blake Library. President Richard Cost will be on hand to sign the prologue he authored on Major William Dickey.
The annual Alumni and Friends Banquet kicks off the night's festivities with a social in the SportsCenter at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 each for the banquet and can be purchased by calling the Alumni Affairs Office at 834-7557.
Also on campus, there will be an art show reception entitled "'94 to Now" which is a retrospective showing of paintings by artist Scott Voisine, Class of 1994. The reception will be held in the Blake Library Art Gallery at 7:00 p.m.
Musical entertainment will go into full swing that night as the Northern Forest Canoe Trail holds a Contra Dance at 8:00 p.m. in Nowland Hall. At 8:30 p.m. UMFK Alumni, current students, faculty, staff and community friends will come together for a cabaret in the Bengal's Lair.