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UMFK partners with the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce to plan a weekend full of activity September 16-19

September 13, 2010


The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce will combine their respective “Homecoming” and Scarecrow Festival celebrations into a large, community-wide event the weekend of September 16, 17, 18 and 19 in Fort Kent.

The four days of festivities feature many events, including a downtown Fort Kent Street bazaar and the ever-popular annual parade.
The UMFK “Homecoming” with kick-off its pep rally, which will be held on Crocker Beach to celebrate the reunion of returning alumni, current students, faculty, athletes, staff, and friends. A bonfire will be ripping and roaring. Refreshments also will be served.
    UMFK campus tours will be given on Friday and Saturday. If you are interested in taking a campus tour, please contact Susan Tardie at 834-7557 or by e-mail at:
    The official schedule of UMFK “Homecoming” can be found on-line at:
Unleash your creativity during the annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest. Make a traditional scarecrow, or let your imagination run wild as we get ready to decorate for the harvest festival and fall shopping season. Please contact the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce at 834-5354 to register. Judging will take place Friday, September 17 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Please have scarecrows displayed outside your business no later than 11 a.m. on Friday. All greater Fort Kent area businesses are encouraged to decorate.  
A KDP and KDP NAS Family Reunion also will be taken place as a part of the annual “Homecoming” activities the brothers of Rho and the sisters of Kappa Rho, who have planned a few special events to tie into this year's festivities at UMFK. As we all know, Kappa Delta Phi established Rho chapter at UMFK in the spring of 1966, and many things have happened since then. The brothers have reclaimed Rho's true spirit by walking away with the most awards at the annual convention this past spring and now are looking to reunite with alumni from days ago. Kappa Rho was re-established in 1985 and has seen a renewed focus on campus in the past few years. The sisters claimed a display award at its spring convention held in Hyannis, Massachusetts and look forward to reconnecting with alumni new and old. Spouses and significant others may attend all events, with exception to the alumni meetings. For more information on the reunion, please contact Ray Phinney at 834-7850 or by e-mail at:
The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Blake Library Gallery will feature an exhibit of photographs by UMFK alumnus Darrell McBreairty, entitled "Allagash Summers: The Philip Calvin Hughey Sr. Photographs. " The photos were taken in the 1930s and 1940s in Allagash, Maine by the Reverend Philip Hughey, Sr. The collection of photographs will be on display through Thursday, September 30. Come to the UMFK Blake Library gallery and enjoy the scenery. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, contact gallery curator Sophia Birden at 834-7527.
Beginning at noon on Friday, September 17, sidewalk vendors will set up along West Main Street selling food, specialty items, homemade goods and other items. Businesses interested in being part of the bazaar should contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 834-5354 for more information.
The “Class of 1960” will host a social for its class, which will be held at the Swampbuck Restaurant (upstairs) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Come and reminisce about your days at the Fort Kent State Normal School. 
A UMFK Alumni & Friends Social will begin at 6 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room. Refreshments will be served. Come and reminisce about your days on campus. In addition to the evening, a performance by “Two Old Friends” will begin at 7 p.m. in Fox Auditorium. The performance is sure to include some of your favorite sea songs, a good amount of hot-picking instrumentals, and some great sing-a-longs. Admission is $7 per person and UMFK students with valid ID may attend free. The performance is sponsored by Student Activities.
Bee Jay’s Tavern will feature “Turning Point” beginning at 9 p.m. Come by and dance the night away till closing.
On Saturday, September 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sidewalk vendors will again be set up, giving everyone who 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.
UMFK will host a new event this year, a Classic & Custom Car Show on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot area near the Old Model School (formerly called the Annex Building). The new event is free of charge to the public. The car show will be an informal gathering of people who enjoy classic and customized vehicles. The show is being coordinated by John Metz. Participants of the car show also are invited to participate in the annual “UMFK Homecoming/ Scarecrow Festival” parade. Please pre-register through the UMFK alumni office at (207) 834-7557 or by e-mail at:
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the UMFK Athletic Department will sponsor a 5K Race that will begin at the UMFK Sports Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. or to pre-register, contact the athletic department at 834-7828 or you may register on-line at:
The annual “Homecoming” and Scarecrow Festival parade will begin at 11 a.m. The parade will start at the courthouse on Market Street. It will turn and run along Main Street where it will cut into the Irving parking lot, follow Elm Street until it intersects with Main Street, continue up Monument Square, and end at the University. Businesses, individuals, or organizations interested in participating in the parade, should contact Susan Tardie at 834-7557. Line-up is at 10:30 p.m. It is not too late, register today.
All entrants in the parade are encouraged to follow the theme of “Scarecrow.” Awards for winning entries will take place at the end of the parade route at the Acadia House, the residence of UMFK’s president. See you on Saturday.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the UMFK men’s soccer team will be in action on the Alumni Memorial Field where it will do battle with the University of Maine at Machias at 11 a.m. Following that game, the UMFK women’s soccer team will play University of Maine at Machias at 1 p.m. Go Bengals!
Also on Saturday, the Fort Kent Lion’s club will have a ribbon cutting and dedication of the newly- built ‘Lion’s Den Pavilion’ located at Riverside Park starting at 4 p.m., followed by a hot dog roast at 5 p.m., at 6 p.m. the largest golf ball drop. Starting at 7 p.m., entertainment by Lion’s Club Band and an on-site beer garden. For more information on the event, please contact the Chamber at 834-5354.
An elegant Saturday evening will be highlighted by the Alumni & Friends Banquet in Nowland Hall, which brings together alumni and current students, as well as friends of UMFK for a social and a banquet. The annual alumni awards will be presented to an outstanding, future, and young alumni. Also, the Gold Cane recipient will be announced and the Pop James Hoyt award also will be presented. During the evening, the UMFK “Athletic Hall of Fame” will announce its inductees for next spring.  
The social begins at 6 p.m. at the Bengal’s Lair with the Alumni & Friends banquet following in Nowland Hall. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased through the Alumni Affairs office. Contact the Alumni Affairs office at 834-7557.
 At 9 p.m. Bee Jay’s Tavern will have entertainment by a DJ.
On Sunday, September 21, beginning 10:30 a.m. and running until 12 noon, a brunch will take place at Nowland Hall. The cost of admission for the event is $6.55 per person. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  For more information on the brunch, contact 834-7545.
In conjunction with the festivities on Sunday, the Fort Kent Senior Club will host its annual Scarecrow Festival Dinner from 10:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on the meal and cost, please contact Christy Plourde at 834-4446.
For further information on UMFK “Homecoming” events, please contact the Alumni Affairs office at 834-7557. For information on “Scarecrow Festival” events, please contact the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce at 834-5354.