Plenty of activities planned for Scarecrow Festival/UMFK Homecoming this weekend

FORT KENT, Maine — It’s a sure sign that fall is on the horizon as the Annual Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Festival and University of Maine at Fort Kent Homecoming return this weekend.

The chamber and university work in conjunction each year to bring the community together with fun activities and a good old fashioned sports rivalry.

The annual Scarecrow Festival Parade will start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Fort Kent courthouse parking lot on Market Street. Participants will begin lining up at 10:30 a.m. at the same location. The parade will travel north on Market Street, turn west onto Main Street and south on Pleasant Street, ending at the university, with judging of floats in front of President John Short’s house. An awards ceremony will follow at the President’s house.

This year’s theme for the Scarecrow Festival and parade is “Scarecrow Olympics.”

Plaques will be awarded in several categories, including for most creative, best musical, best non-profit, best business entry, judges’ choice, best theme, and best UMFK entry.

The annual business decorating contest continues this year with the winning business taking home $50 off a 2019 chamber membership. Second and third place winners will receive $25 off a chamber membership. The business decorations will be judged based on spirit, creativity, color scheme, theme and dress. Judging will take place on Friday.

The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce also is seeking vendors for a Trash and Treasure sale which will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The registration fee is $25 per table and crafts, vendors and used items will be accepted.

As usual the Scarecrow Festival will include a Kids Coloring Contest. This year’s coloring page is that of a smiley, friendly-looking scarecrow with a pumpkinhead surrounded by swirling leaves which appear to have resulted from an autumn breeze.

Students attending Fort Kent Elementary School may submit their entries at the school office. Others are free to submit their artwork at the chamber office. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Sept. 19. Applications are available at

There also is quite a bit happening at the University of Maine at Fort Kent during this fall celebration.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, UMFK will sponsor free wagon rides by John and Ann Babin of St. Agatha, who own Flat Mountain Horse Ranch. The wagon rides will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the UMFK campus, located near the Nowland Hall parking lot area.

The UMFK Homecoming kick-off will begin at 5 p.m. at the Quad near Nowland Hall with a UMFK President’s Welcome BBQ which is open to the public at $11.99 per person.   

The UMFK Blake Library Gallery will be hosting an exhibit by photographer Louise Bouchard. For more information on viewing hours, please contact Gallery Curator Sofia Birden at 834-7527.

On Friday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m., the national champion Lady Bengals’ soccer team will take on Unity College on the Alumni Memorial Field. The national champion men’s team will take on Unity College at 4 p.m. Sports action continues when the UMFK Bengal Women’s Volleyball Team takes on Unity College at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Sports Center.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 22, UMFK and the Alumni Association will host the Alumni and Friends Rendezvous. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar featuring fine wine, micro-brewed beers, and signature cocktails with tickets selling for $25 per person. Tickets are available through the UMFK Alumni Affairs office, located at the Madawaska House on Pleasant Street, or by calling (207) 834-7557.

Anyone with questions about Scarecrow Festival activities can email or call (207) 834-5354.

For further information about UMFK’s Homecoming events, contact Susan Tardie in the Alumni Affairs office at (207) 834-7557 or by email at

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