Town recreation programs still draw summer crowds

FORT KENT, Maine —  More than 20 children gathered Monday afternoon at Jalbert Park for “Minute to Win It,”  this week’s special event put on by Fort Kent’s Recreation and Parks Department. Based on the popular television game show, children teamed up with staff coaches and competed in minute-long fun events.

The slight breeze made for an interesting and laugh-filled “Defying Gravity” competition, with balloons floating all around. Next, the children teamed up to shake out and then repack ping pong balls into a painted tissue paper box strapped to their back. Each student found his or her own technique for dancing and jumping enough to empty the box.

Members of a winning team cheer during the Fort Kent Recreation and Parks “Minute to Win It” program on Monday, July 3. (Don Eno)

Weekly special events are just one of the things offered by the recreation department. This summer’s schedule includes traditional sports, such as basketball, tennis, soccer and T-ball, as well as badminton and kick ball. There also are programs that teach board and card games.

Aside from organizing sports and outdoor activities, recreation staff also lead themed park days, camps for arts and crafts and reading, and enrichment programs on the environment, recycling, rain forests and storytelling.

Programs are available for children ages 3 to 14, with activities occurring at Jalbert Park, nearby athletic fields and the town pool.

Upcoming special event Mondays include “Fun with Bubbles,” “Community Pool Party,” and “Wagons West.”

For additional information about Fort Kent recreation programs, call 834-3730.

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