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UMFK planning "Come to Campus Days" festivities

July 22, 2005


A fun-filled three-day weekend is currently in the works for alumni and friends of the University of Maine at Fort Kent as the campus prepares for its annual Come to Campus Days on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 16, 17 and 18.

The weekend of festivities will feature many amusing events for all ages. Come to Campus Days shares the weekend with the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Scarecrow Festival.

Friday, September 16 will be an exciting beginning for Come to Campus Days with plenty of great food, music and decorations throughout the community.

Friday kicks off the weekend with a Bengal Barbecue and Pep Rally on the UMFK campus quad from 11:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. This event is to celebrate the returning alumni, current students, faculty, staff and friends. The public is invited to attend.

Friday afternoon, on the UMFK campus quad will be an afternoon jamboree, from 1:00 through 3:00 p.m., featuring music from UMFK alumni, current students, faculty, staff and community members.

Friday night's activities include a downtown Fort Kent street festival, when Main Street will be rocking with music from several different locations in town. The event begins at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 17 is an action packed day for all, with activities ranging from soccer to the Scarecrow Festival/Come to Campus Days parade and the annual UMFK Alumni and Friends Banquet, followed by an evening performance by the Rock Dox.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., the UMFK Come to Campus Days and Scarecrow Festival will join forces to sponsor a five kilometer road race throughout the community. Interested runners can contact the UMFK athletic department at 834-7828.

The annual Scarecrow Festival and Come to Campus parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. The themes this year will be "Scarecrow Festival" and "UMFK: Green and Gold". The parade will begin at the courthouse on Market Street, carry on to East Main Street, turn into the Irving parking lot and follow along Elm Street until it intersects with Main Street, then continue up to Monument Square and finish on Pleasant Street at the University.

At 1:00 p.m. the UMFK women will kick off soccer action on UMFK's Alumni Memorial Field, where they will go head to head against St. Joseph's College of Vermont. For the second soccer game of the day, the men's team will face St. Joseph's College at 3:00 p.m.

Alumni and friends of UMFK will converge at 5:30 p.m. at the UMFK SportsCenter for the annual Alumni and Friends Banquet. The event will honor the classes of 1955, 1965, 1980, 1995, 2000 who will be celebrating their 50th, 40th, 25th, 10th and 5th reunions from the University. As part of the banquet, awards will be presented to honor both alumni and current students.

Tickets for the Alumni and Friends Banquet are $15 each and can be purchased by contacting the university relations office at 834-7557.

Following the banquet will be a performance by Aroostook County's very own Rock Dox. Admission is free for those who purchased a ticket to the Alumni and Friends banquet. Tickets for the evening with the Rock Dox alone are $5 and can be obtained by contacting the UMFK university relations office at 207-834-7557.

As excitement of the Come to Campus Days winds down on Sunday, there are several events planned for everyone to enjoy.

Alumni soccer players from past UMFK teams are invited to come together for an alumni game. The contest will take place on the Alumni Memorial Field at 10:00 a.m. For more information, contact Tracie Hobbs or Ray Phinney at 834-7665.

A Diversity Brunch will be offered at UMFK's Nowland Hall on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. Foods from countries around the world, represented in the current UMFK student body, will be served. The cost per person is $5 and all are welcome.

The final soccer action for the weekend will once again take place on Alumni Memorial Field, the women will face off against Lyndon State at 12:00 noon and the men's team will play against Lyndon State at 2:00 p.m.

Plenty of other family-oriented activities are planned for the weekend, as it coincides with the 2005 annual "Scarecrow Festival".

For more information on Come to Campus Days, or to purchase banquet or Rock Dox tickets, call the university relations office at 834-7557.