Scarecrow Festival and UMFK Homecoming to return to Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — The annual Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Festival and University of Maine at Fort Kent Homecoming will return to Fort Kent the weekend of Oct. 12.

Festivities will begin Friday, Oct. 11, with the children’s coloring contest which will be posted on display at Shop ‘n Save in Fort Kent. Students attending Fort Kent Elementary and Dr. Levesque Elementary schools can pick up a coloring page when they get to school on Monday, according to the festival’s Facebook page. The entries for the coloring contest are due at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. 

A prize will be given to the winner of each age group from 0-4 years old, pre-K to first grade, and grades two-four. 

Some of the events include a hypnotist show, music, games and more. Businesses will even have their shot at the decorating contest. This year’s theme is spooky scarecrow. 

“This event is a great time for the community to gather and celebrate our beautiful fall season,” said chairwoman of the Scarecrow Festival Committee, Connie Ouellette. “It’s wonderful seeing businesses participate in the decorating contest and parade. It’s really a sight to see.”

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and will end at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, where people can help the Bengals celebrate their homecoming with food, fun, and vendors for all who attend the soccer games. 

“The parade is always a crowd favorite, everyone gets into the spirit and theme of the event, and it’s exciting to see the kids fill their bags up with candy,” Ouellette said. 

A full list of events can be found on the chamber’s website. 

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