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UMFK partners with Fort Kent Chamber for a weekend of Homecoming and Scarecrow activities September 15-18

September 9, 2011


The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce will combine forces for their respective Homecoming and Scarecrow Festival celebrations for the weekend of September 15, 16, 17, and 18 in Fort Kent.

The four, fun-filled days will feature many events, including a Friday night Family Fun Night, soccer and volleyball games, and the popular Homecoming/Scarecrow parade.

Thursday, September 15
The UMFK Homecoming with a kick-off at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 with a Bengal pig roast, pep rally, luau, and dance on the quad. Join UMFK to celebrate the reunion of returning alumni, students, athletes, faculty, staff and friends. Community members are welcomed to attend the pig roast at a cost of $13.99 per person.

That evening, at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation on the Aroostook War by Kimberly Smith, secretary/treasurer of the Presque Isle Historical Society, in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The presentation will be about the 1842 signing of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty. This year marks the 170th anniversary of the treaty that drastically changed the geo-political landscape in northern Maine.

In her presentation on the Aroostook War, referred to by some as the “Pork and Beans War,” Smith will speak about how an unsettled boundary between what is now the United States and Canada, and the increasing value of timber as a commodity in the 1830s, led to the dispute. Smith also will elaborate on how the conflict was inflamed by two incidents in the communities of Maysville (now Presque Isle) and Madawaska. The presentation is free, and open to the public.

Friday, September 16
UMFK’s annual Environmental Studies Speaker Series will present Professor Mark Anderson at 11 a.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.  Professor Anderson, a senior instructor and coordinator for Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine in Orono will speak on the topic: “Toward a Theory of Sustainability: An exercise in perspective stakeholder engagement.” The event is free and open to the public.

That evening, at 6 p.m., the UMFK Alumni Association will hold a social for UMFK alumni, the campus community, and friends at The Swamp Buck Restaurant (upstairs). It will be an evening of good times and for reminiscing.

Back on campus, classical guitarist, Petar Jankovic, will perform at 7 p.m. in Fox Auditorium. Tickets are priced at $10 per person. The event is sponsored by the International Performers Series, and UMFK Student Activities.

Later on that evening, at 8 p.m. on Crocker Beach, there will be a bonfire sponsored by Kappa Delta Phi and Kappa Delta Phi NAS.

As a part of the annual “Homecoming” activities the brothers of Rho and the sisters of Kappa Rho have planned a few special events to tie into this year's festivities at UMFK.  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 fraternity’s annual convention last 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 during the past few years. The sisters claimed a display award at its spring convention held in Hyannis, Massachusetts. They look forward to reconnecting with alumni, new and old. Spouses and significant others may attend all events, with exception to the alumni meetings.

The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Family Fun Night” from 4 p.m. until closing at Riverside Park. There will be games for the entire family. Events include a bouncy house; potato picking contest; bowling with pumpkins; a scarecrow photo wall; a hot-air balloon rides; and, a bull-riding contest. A variety of refreshments will be offered. For more information about the evening’s activities, please contact the Chamber office at 834-5354.

Saturday, September 17
The day begins with a Kappa Delta Phi and Kappa Delta Phi NAS Breakfast at Rock’s Diner at 8:30 a.m.

Starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. will be the 2nd Annual Classic & Custom Car Show. Located behind Cyr and Nadeau halls on the UMFK campus, the event will feature on-site vendors, face painting, music, and much more, in addition to more than 100 spectacular vehicles. Various community organizations will have booths set up at the show.

Valley Auto of Fort Kent will judge the vehicle entries and trophy prizes will be presented.

Also beginning at 9 a.m. is a GIS update presented by UMFK Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Dave Hobbins. Learn the latest version of ARC 10. The class will be held at the GIS lab, located in Cyr Hall.  It is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required, please contact Professor Hobbins at or call him at 834-7614.

The annual Scarecrow Festival/Homecoming Parade will step-off at 11 a.m. from the Court House on Market Street and will finish at the UMFK President’s residence, Acadia House.  All UMFK students, UMFK campus community, UMFK alumni, and the entire community are welcomed to participate. Kappa Delta Phi and Kappa Delta Phi NAS will conduct a food drive during the parade to benefit the local food pantry.

Saturday afternoon will see the reigning USCAA National Champions men’s and lady’s soccer teams of UMFK in action on Alumni Memorial Field against cross-county rival, the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

At noon, the Lady Bengals will take on the Lady Owls of UMPI. The men’s contest will follow at 2 p.m. GO BENGALS!!!!

Kappa Delta Phi and Kappa Delta Phi NAS will hold an alumni meeting at 2 p.m. Everyone will meet in the Bengal’s Lair, with separate meetings to be held in Cyr Hall.

The UMFK Women’s Volleyball, winners of the 2010 Sunrise Conference crown, will host Unity College at 4 p.m. in the UMFK Sports Center. GO BENGAL LADIES!!!

That evening, UMFK and the Alumni Association will host the annual Alumni & Friends Banquet. This year’s event will honor the classes of 1941, 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, and 2001.

The Alumni Association also will bestow honors on Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Ronald Berube (Class of 1973); Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient Betty (Skoke) Burns (Class of 2001); and, Outstanding Future Alumni Award recipient Stephanie Chick (Class of 2012).

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social in the Bengal’s Lair. The Alumni & Friends Banquet follows at 7 p.m. in Nowland Hall. The banquet is open to the entire UMFK community, and to the general public. Tickets are priced at $20 per person.

The Fort Kent Lion’s Club will host a Golf Ball Drop at the Lion’s Pavilion that evening at 6 p.m., followed by a park dance, beer garden, and food dance from 9 p.m. until closing.

Sunday, September 19
On Sunday, September 18, the UMFK Alumni Association and the UMFK Athletics department will host a 5K Road Race, beginning at 9 a.m. on Alumni Memorial Field. Participants should pre-register on-line at: Proceeds from the race will benefit the Athletic department.

Later that morning, join the Christ Congregational Church as it celebrates its 120th Anniversary. The day-long celebration activities include: an anniversary Mass from 10 to 11 a.m., a social get-together at 2:30 p.m., followed by refreshments from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. At 4:15 p.m., the ForestSong Community Choral Society will present a Gospel concert. The concert will be followed by a Community Hymn sing-along. At 5 p.m. there will be a Potluck Church Supper - please bring a dish to share. 

Christ Congregational Church is the white church, located on Pleasant Street, adjacent to the UMFK campus. For further information, please contact Dr. Mariella Squire at 834-7824. Everyone is welcomed.

Also, on Sunday, a Scarecrow Festival Dinner will be served at the Fort Kent Senior Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please contact Christy Plourde at 834-4446.

To view an updated schedule of the Homecoming weekend events, please go to:

For further information about UMFK’s Homecoming, please contact Susan Tardie in the Alumni Affairs office at 834-7557 or by e-mail at: