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Winning floats bring home the gold at Scarecrow Festival parade

FORT KENT, Maine — Community members didn’t let brisk winds deter them Saturday from enjoying the annual Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Festival held in conjunction with the University of Maine at Fort Kent homecoming.

This year’s theme for the three day Scarecrow Festival that started Friday and the parade on Saturday was “Scarecrow Olympics.”

Area residents and visitors lined sidewalks to watch the parade that included winning floats from the St. John Valley Senior College for best UMFK entry, and Northern Maine Medical Center for best non-profit entry. Valley Eye Associates won for best business float and Katahdin Trust took honors for best musical entry.

NorState Federal Credit Union took home the gold for the best “Scarecrow Olympics” themed float which included some well-crafted winter sports style decorations such as a bobsled and a giant mannequin designed to resemble an Olympic skier.

Judges selected a float by the Girl Scouts of Maine as the most creative entry. The Judge’s Choice award went to KR Property Maintenance.

On Friday, judges also chose winners of the annual business decorating contest.

Dead River Company won first place and $50 off a 2019 chamber membership. Katahdin Trust Company and NorState Federal Credit Union took second and third place, respectively. Both will receive $25 off a chamber membership for the upcoming year. Judges selected the winning businesses based on spirit, creativity, color scheme, theme and dress.

Three youngsters emerged victorious this year in the annual scarecrow coloring contest. Out if approximately 150 competitors, the judges chose three winning artists: Mabel Bertram, Emersyn Michaud, and Claire Thorsnes.

UMFK athletes also enjoyed a winning weekend.

On Friday, both the national champion Lady Bengals’ soccer team (13-0) as well as the national champion men’s team (8-0) defeated Unity College in shutouts for their homecoming games. The UMFK Bengal Women’s Volleyball Team also defeated Unity College in two matches on Friday.

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