August 8, 2003
The University of Maine at Fort Kent, celebrating "Come to Campus Days" and UMFK's 125th anniversary, and the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, celebrating their Scarecrow Festival, are joining forces to organize a parade scheduled for September 20, at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Fort Kent.
The last year that the organizations worked together to produce the largest parade of the fall season, was in September of 2000. 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.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the University since it's founding as the Madawaska Training School in 1878. Numerous events are being planned to commemorate this occasion, beginning with a reenactment of the opening day of school in 1878. The event will take place at the Acadian Village in Van Buren on Wednesday, August 27, at 1:00 p.m.
The year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Festival, founded in 1994.
The parade entries will depart from the district courthouse on Market Street. Parade will proceed north on Market Street to East Main Street. Entries will follow Main Street to Hall Street, proceed up Hall Street to the intersection with Elm Street, turn left onto Elm and proceed to the intersection with Main Street. The parade will them make its way up Pleasant Street to the University, where it will end. The parade itself should be one of the largest in recent years.
After the parade horse drawn wagon rides will be offered from the UMFK campus through downtown Fort Kent picking up passengers at various sites. The rides will continue for approximately one hour.
A "Recreational Vehicle Swap and Sell" is also being held on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. in the parking area beside the 24-hour Irving Mainway. Last year's "Swap and Sell" was a huge success drawing a big crowd with lots to offer.
The University's women and men's soccer teams will be playing against St. Joseph's College of Vermont at the Alumni Memorial Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.
To complete the day's events a social will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the SportsCenter followed by the 125th Anniversary Gala and Alumni and Friends Banquet at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Jerry T Band and dancing will follow the banquet.
The public is invited. Tickets are $15.00 per person and must be purchased by September 10. Tickets may be purchased through Alumni Association board members, the 125th Anniversary Committee members or through UMFK's university relations office in Cyr Hall.