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UMFK partners with Fort Kent Chamber for a weekend of Homecoming & Scarecrow Festival activities September 14-16

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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 14, 15, and 16 in Fort Kent.

The three, fun-filled days will feature many events, including a Saturday Family Fun Day, soccer and volleyball games, and the popular Homecoming/Scarecrow Festival parade.

In preparation of the upcoming festivities we challenge area businesses to decorate their business with a “Scarecrow Festival” theme in the front of their building. Your imagination is your only limitation! The more color in town the better. I hope all of you will participate. You may join the decorating contest by contacting the Chamber office at 834-5354 for an application and return to the office by Wednesday, September 12 before 4 p.m. Judging will be done by a panel of three and points will be based on the following, spirit, creativity, color scheme, theme, and dress. Judging will take place on Friday, September 14. Winners will be announced at the Riverside Park Dance on Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m.

Friday, September 14

The UMFK Homecoming with a kick-off at 2 p.m. with a presentation by arborist and UMFK alumnus Paul Burfeind (‘92). Burfeind will speak on important invasive pests of the United States and the available treatments in Nadeau Hall teleconference room at 2 p.m. The presentation is sponsored by the UMFK Fall Environmental Studies Speaker Series and is free and open to the public. For more information on the presentation, please contact Dr. Steven Selva at 834-7617.

Beginning at 4 p.m., UMFK will sponsor hayrides by John Babin, owner of Flat Mountain Horse Ranch, located in St. Agatha. The hayrides will begin on the UMFK quad and ride through the Town of Fort Kent. The hayrides will be offered until 7 p.m.

Later on 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. Outstanding alumni award winners are expected to be in attendance.

At 9 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 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. They look forward to reconnecting with alumni, new and old. Spouses and significant others may attend all events, with exception to the alumni meetings.

Saturday, September 15

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., the UMFK alumni will take on the University of Maine at Presque Isle alumni at a soccer game on the UMFK Alumni Memorial Field.

Also at 9 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m., will be the 3rd Annual Classic & Custom Car Show. The event will be located on the UMFK campus, near the Old Model School and the large parking lot in front of Blake Library. The event will feature on-site vendors, face painting, music, bouncy house, and much more, in addition to more than 100 spectacular antique vehicles.

UMFK invites all classic and custom vehicle owners from the area to bring their classic or custom cars, trucks, motorcycles, or sport utility vehicles to campus to display them. Various community organizations will have booths set up at the show. Do not forget your chair or blanket. The classic and custom car show is sponsored by Valley Auto of Fort Kent. They will judge the vehicle entries and award trophy prizes. There will be nine categories, including Muscle Car 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place; Classic Car 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place; Custom truck 1st
, 2nd, 3rd Place; Classic truck 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place; Most Factory Original Entry; People’s Choice Muscle Car; People’s Choice Classic Car; People’s Choice Truck; and People’s Choice Motorcycle.

The annual Scarecrow Festival/Homecoming Parade will step off at 11 a.m. from the Court House on Market Street to Main Streets behind Circle K parking lot through Elm Street up to Pleasant Street to the UMFK President’s residence, Acadia House, where plaques will be presented. Please continue to the Community High School parking lot to unload. The parade line-up will be at the Fort Kent Courthouse from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Plaques will be awarded in several categories, including the most creative, best musical, best non-profit, best business entry, judges’ choice, and best antique vehicle. The parade will have a “scarecrow theme.” It is not too late to sign-up for the parade, by contacting UMFK at 834-7557.

Kappa Delta Phi and Kappa Delta Phi NAS will conduct a food drive during the parade to benefit the local food pantry. Alumni are invited to join the parade entry in the Courthouse Parking lot on Market Street at 10:30 a.m. Please wear your letters.

The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Family Fun Day” from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Riverside Park. There will be games for the entire family. Events include a bouncy house; fishing; potato picking contest; bean bag toss; plinko game; free Pumpkin “face” painting; and a Cash-n-ator “Money Blowing Booth” contest. A variety of refreshments and food will be offered. For more information about the family fun day activities, please contact the Chamber office at 834-5354.

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.

That evening, UMFK and the Alumni Association will host the annual Alumni & Friends Banquet. This year’s banquet will honor the classes of 1932, 1942, 1952, 1972, 1982, 1992, and 2002.

The Alumni Association will bestow honors on Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Daniel Labrie (Class of 1967); Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient Sarah Smith (Class of 2005); and, Outstanding Future Alumni Award recipient Theresa Biggs (Class of 2013).

Danny LaBrie of St. Agatha, Maine will be honored as the 2012 UMFK Outstanding Alumni based upon his many years of dedicated service to his professions of teaching and farming, as well as his service to community. His record of service and commitment to his professions and community brings honor to the University. Danny’s participation on local, regional, state, and national boards and committees, advocating for his professions, is well-documented. Similarly, his commitment of giving back to the community where he was born, raised, and live, also will be acknowledged with the Outstanding Alumni award.

Sarah’s honor in being selected as the 2012 UMFK Outstanding Young Alumni is based upon her academic and co-curricular contributions to the University during her years on the UMFK campus. Additionally, the Outstanding Young Alumni award recognizes her many personal and professional achievements in the medical field since her graduation. Sarah is a native of Fort Kent, Maine, and resides in Broad Brook, Connecticut.

Theresa is honored as the 2012 UMFK Outstanding Future Alumni for her multiple contributions to UMFK’s campus activities and residential life, as well as her dual roles as a midfielder and team captain of UMFK’s 2012 USCAA National Championship women’s soccer team. A South Africa resident, Theresa also is recognized for her outstanding academic record in her chosen field of Elementary Education. Her campus activities and academic standing set a standard for others to emulate.

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. Purchase your ticket today though the UMFK Alumni Affairs office, located at the Madawaska House on Pleasant Street or reserve your ticket, by calling 834-7557.

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 live entertainment by Boomer-Ang, including a beer garden, food venders, and a dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets for the Golf Ball Drop are $20 each or 3 for $50. You could be the winner of $1,500 for a hole-in-one; $500 for the 1st closest-to-the-pin; and $250 for the 2nd closest-to-the-pin. Contact any Fort Kent Lion’s Club member to purchase a ticket.

Back on campus, Comedian Ray Harrington will present at 8 p.m. in Fox Auditorium. Tickets are priced at $7 for adults, $4 for teens (mature subject matter) and UMFK students may attend free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The event is sponsored by UMFK Student Activities.

Sunday, September 16

On Sunday, September 16, 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: http://athletics.umfk.maine.edu/um5k/ or on race day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information on the road race, contact the athletic department at 834-7828.

Sunday at 12 noon, you will see the reigning USCAA National Champions lady’s soccer team of UMFK in action on Alumni Memorial Field against Fisher College. At 2 p.m., the Bengal men will take on Fisher College. GO BENGALS!!!!

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.

During the Homecoming weekend, the UMFK Blake Library Gallery will host an exhibit titled “Specifically Saint John: views across the upper river watershed” by photographer William Lloyd Duncan from Stockholm, Maine. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, September 28. For more information on the exhibit, contact UMFK gallery curator Sofia Birden at 834-7527.

To view an updated schedule of the Homecoming weekend events, please go to: http://www.umfk.edu/alumni/homecoming/

For further information about UMFK’s Homecoming events, contact Susan Tardie in the Alumni Affairs office at 834-7557 or by e-mail at: umfknews@maine.edu

For further information about Scarecrow Festival events, contact the Chamber office at 834-5354.