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Fort Kent Scarecrow Festival sports theme of ‘Spooky Scarecrows’

FORT KENT, Maine — It was a spookier than usual Scarecrow Festival weekend in Fort Kent this year which the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce hosted with the theme of “Spooky Scarecrows.”

Area businesses and organizations entertained community members with a parade through town on Saturday, which proved to have mild autumn temperatures and no brisk winds, a nice morning for children to receive tossed candy and enjoy floats decorated with plenty of pumpkins and scarecrows.

Staff Photos/Jessica Potila

Courtesy of Dona Saucier
Executive director of the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce

The winning floats this year were for best theme, the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce; most creative, Valley Eye Care Associates; and judges’ choice — Emerald Unit Girl Scouts.

Local businesses also decorated their storefronts, with chamber members awarding prizes to those that most reflected the Spooky Scarecrows theme. First place went to Northern Maine Medical Center. S.W. Collins took second place, followed by Daigle Oil Company in third.

Little Daniel’s Den received an honorable mention for an inventive “Hay-ry Potter” display.

A coloring contest, which Paradis Shop and Save sponsored, brought out the creative gifts of area children who colored in scarecrow outlines displayed on the store wall. The winners of the contest were for age 1 to pre-K Brynn Huston, K to grade one, Emmie Caron, and grades two-four, Connor Voisine. 

The chamber hosts the annual Scarecrow Festival in conjunction with the University of Maine at Fort Kent homecoming celebration. 

The Bengals did their community proud as the UMFK men’s soccer team posted a 6-1 win over University of Maine Machias on Sunday, and the UMFK ladies scored a 4-0 shutout against the Clippers.

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