Mural honoring Fort Kent farmers set for unveiling on Sunday

Posted June 21, 2012, at 5:43 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — Work is complete on the giant mural honoring the area’s agricultural roots and on Sunday the public will get its first look at the 35-foot-by-15-foot painting created by local artist Darren Connors.

Connors’ painting covers the entire south end of the former A.D. Soucy Company Farm Supply building — itself a testament to Fort Kent’s farming past — and shows rows of potato barrels and pickers in the fields with farm trucks, tractors and fall foliage.

Sponsored by the Fort Kent Lions Club, the official unveiling of the mural is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24.

Reno Lagasse, who began raising funds for the mural early this year, spearheaded the project.

Two years ago Lagasse was instrumental in leading a similar project that resulted in a Fort Kent-tribute mural on a downtown building.

“In my mind I always wanted to do something for the farmers,” he said. “This mural is dedicated to all Fort Kent farmers, past and present.”