September 5, 2008
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 19, 20 and 21 in Fort Kent.
The three days of festivities feature many events, including a Downtown Fort Kent Street Festival and the ever-popular annual parade.
Events begin on Friday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Bengal barbecue and a pep rally on the UMFK campus quad to celebrate the reunion of returning alumni, current students, faculty, athletes, staff and friends. The barbecue is open to the public at a cost of $7 per plate.
Beginning at noon, 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 at (207) 834-5354 for more information.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, traffic will be stopped on West Main Street to prepare for the evening’s festivities. At 6 p.m., UMFK will have a “Bouncy House” set up on West Main Street to add to the festivities. Other fun-filled family events, organized by local organizations, also will be on display.
UMFK Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity is planning a surprise event that surely will keep the crowd roaring.
Face painting, pumpkin decorating and train rides for young children.
Food vendors will be on site and fun-filled events are planned for all ages. At 9 p.m., the Swamp Buck Restaurant will have live entertainment and Bee Jays Tavern will feature “French Toast.” Come by and dance the night away.
On Saturday, September 20 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.
Beginning at 10 a.m. the UMFK athletic department will sponsor a 5K Race that will begin at the Sports Center. To register, contact the athletic department at http://www.umfk.maine.edu/athletics/ or Eric Werntgen at 207-834-7828.
UMFK Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, Geraldine Cannon Becker has published her first book of poetry entitled, Glad Wilderness (Plain View Press, 2008). Cannon Becker will be at the County Cottage from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a book signing.
The 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 or organizations interested in participating in the parade should contact Susan Tardie at 834-7557.
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 Acadia House, the residence of UMFK’s president.
UMFK’s Blake Library gallery will exhibit works by Maine artist Deborah Meisner through the month of September. The exhibit will contain an eclectic assortment of mediums and subjects. Several realistic drawings of existing and experimental aircraft, which she created for the 4950th Test Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, are among the works that will be on exhibit. For more information or gallery hours, contact Sophia Birden, curator at 207-834-7527.
UMFK’s Acadian Archives will host an exhibit on the University’s 130th Anniversary. For gallery hours, contact Director Lise Pelletier at 207-834-7836.
The UMFK men’s soccer team is in action at the Alumni Memorial Field where it will battle SUNY – Canton at 11 a.m. Following the men’s game, the UMFK women’s soccer team will play SUNY - Canton. That game will begin at 1 p.m.
A UMFK alumni soccer scrimmage will be at 3 p.m. A co-ed squad of UMFK alumni will square-off for a fun-filled “friendly.” Different generations of players will get a chance to see if they still have what it takes to play on the Alumni Memorial Field.
An elegant evening 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 Beurmond Banville (’70), Charles Dow (’94) and John Blanchette (’09). Also during the evening, the UMFK “Athletic Hall of Fame” will announce its inductees for the next year.
The social begins at 6 p.m. with the Alumni & Friends banquet following. Tickets for the event are $20 per person and may be purchased through the Alumni Affairs office. Contact the Alumni Affairs office at 207-834-7557.
At 9 p.m. Bee Jays Tavern will have entertainment by Turning Point.
On Sunday, September 21, beginning 10:30 a.m. and running until 12 noon, an Alumni and Friends brunch will take place at Nowland Hall. The cost of admission for the event is $8 per person. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The UMFK men’s soccer team is in action at the Alumni Memorial Field where it will battle Paul Smith’s College at 11 a.m. Following the men’s game, the UMFK women’s soccer team will play Paul Smith’s College at 1 p.m.
Elsewhere on Sunday, the Fort Kent Senior Club will hold a Scarecrow Festival Dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fort Kent Senior Center. For more information on events held at the center, contact Christy Plourde at 207-834-4446.
For more information on UMFK “Homecoming” events, please contact the Alumni Affairs office at 207-834-7557. For information on “Scarecrow Festival” events, please contact the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce at 207- 834-5354.