September 2, 2005
Following months of planning the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce will host their combined Come to Campus Days and Scarecrow Festival celebrations this coming weekend, September 16, 17 and 18 in Fort Kent.
Festivities planned promise fun for all ages as the community and college join forces to host three-days of events, which include the first-ever Downtown Fort Kent Street Festival on Friday, a dance with the popular Northern Maine band the "Rock Dox", and a parade through downtown on Saturday, and a brunch featuring foods from around the world on Sunday.
Events begin Friday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. with the judging of an indoor/outdoor scarecrow and fall decorating contest coordinated by the Chamber for local business and home owners. Participants must register before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 with the Chamber of Commerce.
At 11:00 a.m. on Friday, a Bengal Barbecue and Pep Rally will be held on the UMFK campus quad to celebrate the reunion of returning alumni, current students, faculty, staff and friends. The barbecue is open to the public at a cost of $5 per person.
The menu for the event includes barbecue beef brisket, barbecue chicken, coleslaw, pasta and potato salad, beans, cornbread, apple cobbler and brownies.
Friday afternoon will feature sidewalk vendors set up along West Main Street selling food, specialty items, homemade goods and other items.
Afternoon festivities will include a jamboree on the UMFK campus quad, from 1:00 through 3:00 p.m. featuring live acoustical music of UMFK alumni, current students, faculty, staff and community members. The event is open to the public free of charge.
Following the jamboree, a reception will be held in the University's Blake Library Art Gallery for natural science illustrator Joan Lee, who will be exhibiting her work thorough the month of September. The reception will begin at 2:30 p.m. and continue through 4:30 p.m.
Fort Kent area restaurants will host a Greater Fort Kent Area Harvest Feast from 4:00 through 7:00 p.m. Eateries participating in this even include Maple Leaf, The RiverHouse, Rock's Diner, and The Swampbuck.
Also planned for Friday afternoon is an outdoor downtown cabaret in the parking area beside the RiverHouse Restaurant. Between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. the event will feature performances by area children. At 5:30 p.m., adults will take the stage. The adult cabaret will be held concurrently with an Attitude Adjustment night, which will be held at 5:00 p.m. inside the RiverHouse Restaurant.
A customer appreciation event will be held between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Bee-Jays Tavern.
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening, traffic will be stopped on West Main Street between Hall Street and James Street to prepare for the evening's festivities. At 6:00 p.m., family amusements will be set up on the street.
At 8:00 p.m., West Main Street in Fort Kent will come alive with the first-ever Downtown Fort Kent Street Festival. The event will feature live entertainment at four locations.
A bonfire, at the vacant lot formerly occupied by the Fort Kent Hotel, sponsored by the UMFK Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity will keep people warm, while the sounds of "Still Frame", a local Fort Kent band, will entertain people gathered at that site. The band is sponsored by Community Voices.
On the opposite end of West Main Street, the band "French Toast" will perform on the street outside of Bee-Jays Tavern as part of an Octoberfest-theme party.
The RiverHouse Restaurant will feature an evening of outdoor Karaoke and music with DJ "TLC".
The SwampBuck Restaurant will also provide festival-goers with the opportunity to belt out tunes with Karaoke by Sharon Morin.
Saturday morning will feature a 9:00 a.m. Scarecrow Festival/Come to Campus Days five kilometer road race. For more information on this event, contact Eric Werntgen at 834-7828.
From 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. sidewalk vendors will again be set up giving everyone that 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.
The Come to Campus Days and Scarecrow Festival parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. The parade route will begin at the courthouse and run along Market Street and run west on Main Street where it will cut into the Irving parking lot, follow Elm Street until it intersects with Main Street, follow up Monument Square and end at the University.
All entrants in the parade are encouraged to follow the theme of "UMFK Green and Gold" and/or "Scarecrow Festival". Awarding of the winning entries will take place at the end of the parade route at Acadia House, the residence of UMFK's president.
Family fun festivities are planned for 1:00 p.m. at both UMFK's Alumni Memorial Field and at Bee-Jays Tavern. Activities at the University will include amusements, face painting and food. The downtown event will feature pumpkin decorating, food and games.
UMFK soccer teams are in action at the Alumni Memorial Field where they will battle St. Joseph's College of Vermont. The women play at 1:00 p.m. and the men at 3:00 p.m.
An elegant evening will begin with the Alumni & Friends Banquet in the UMFK SportsCenter, which will join together present alumni and current students, as well as friends of UMFK, for a social and a banquet where the annual alumni awards will be presented.
The social will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the banquet following at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for this event are $15 and must be purchased in advance through the university relations and alumni affairs office.
At 9:00 p.m., the "Rock Dox", a popular County rock and roll band, will perform in the UMFK SportsCenter. Tickets for this event are $5 each and can be purchased at all Aroostook County Key Bank branches, at the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce or by calling the UMFK university relations office at 834-7557.
Sunday will begin with an Olde Fashioned Harvest Breakfast at the RiverHouse Restaurant between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
At 10:00 a.m. UMFK soccer players from the past will unite for the annual Alumni Soccer game. Different generations of soccer players will get a chance to see if they still have what it takes to play on Alumni Memorial Field.
A diversity brunch will take place from 11:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. consisting of specialty dishes representing the different nations and unique cultures of the UMFK student body. The cost of admission for this event is $5 per person. For more information contact Ray Phinney, assistant director of residential life and diversity programming, at 834-7665.
UMFK's men's and women's soccer teams will do final Come to Campus Days battle on Alumni Memorial Field against Lyndon State College. Games will be played by the women at 12:00 noon and the men at 2:00 p.m.
For more information on Come to Campus Days events, contact the university relations office at UMFK at 834-7557. For information on Scarecrow Festival events, contact the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce at 834-5354.