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UMFK to partner with Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce for 25th anniversary craft fair

November 11, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will partner with the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce to host the 25th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair held at the University SportsCenter the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving.

UMFK President Richard Cost and Chamber of Commerce President Ann Robichaud recently announced the partnership as preparations for the silver anniversary event are being finalized for November 26 and 27.

"The craft fair is a wonderful event that so many in our community and region look forward to each year. We have always been delighted to host the event on campus, and are now pleased to officially join with the chamber as co-sponsors," said Cost.

Since the craft fair was first organized in Fort Kent in 1980, it has grown to include more than 80 vendors and attract upwards of 4,000 visitors over the two days it is held.

The event organization transitioned to the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce in 1992.

"We are very excited to have the University join us on this event. UMFK has always been an extremely supportive partner in Chamber of Commerce and other regional efforts to build a stronger community. In addition, UMFK has joined with the Chamber on several projects and events that have been extremely successful as a result of our partnership," said Robichaud. "Our hope is with the University on board and with the event marking its 25th anniversary year, the craft fair will be bigger and better than ever."

In addition to vendors selling artwork, hand-made crafts and homemade food, attendees will have the opportunity to register to win one of many door prizes with their $1 paid admission fee.

On Sunday, November 27 from 1:00 through 3:00 p.m., the craft fair will be visited by Santa Claus.

The university's foodservice provider ARAMARK, will have a concession stand running both days of the event in the lobby area of the SportsCenter.

UMFK has worked closely with the Chamber of Commerce on numerous community projects in recent years.

Among the most notable is the jointly sponsored Greater Fort Kent Area Scarecrow Festival and UMFK Come to Campus Days held annually in September. By combining forces for the St. John Valley's only fall festival and what is essentially UMFK's homecoming celebration, the chamber and university have been able to host a more impressive series of events.

The university has also helped in sponsoring activities during the Ployes Festival in the summer, and will again this year host both the regional competition for the second "Aroostook Idol" competition and Fiddler's Jamboree during the Mardi Gras celebration in late February 2006.

Over the past several years, UMFK has been the host site for the annual dinner and meeting of the Chamber.

The 25th Anniversary Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, co-sponsored by the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and the University of Maine at Fort Kent will be held in the UMFK SportsCenter on Saturday, November 26 from 10:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

For more information on the event, contact the chamber at (207) 834-5354.