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Fort Kent rings in fall season with Scarecrow Festival 2020

FORT KENT, Maine — It wasn’t a typical Scarecrow Festival celebration due to COVID-19, but Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce last week hosted an abbreviated version of the community-wide, event which maintained the spirit of the fall season.   

The annual Scarecrow Festival is usually held in conjunction with the University of Maine at Fort Kent to include homecoming soccer games as well as a parade.

The University of Maine System canceled fall sports this season due to the virus and parades are off the table as they have the potential to violate Gov. Janet Mills’ executive order limiting outdoor gatherings to 100 people during the pandemic. 

But the chamber went ahead with a few Scarecrow Festival activities that accommodate social distancing. 

The theme of this year’s Scarecrow Festival event was “Don’t Let 2020 ‘Scare’ You.” 

Local businesses and organizations decorated their storefronts for the Scarecrow Festival 2020 Greater Fort Kent Business Decorating Contest. 

Winner for most creative entry was the town of Fort Kent. Winner for best theme was Bogan Books. Judge’s Choice went to Katahdin Trust Company. 

The Town of Fort Kent entry portrayed an autumn theme accommodating best known practices to prevent the spread of the virus. The display included pumpkins and scarecrows wearing facemasks. 

There was nothing scary this year about the talent that more than 300 Greater Fort Kent area children up to fourth grade displayed when they entered the Scarecrow Festival 2020 Coloring Contest. 

Winners were Camilla Beaulieu, a kindergartener from Dr. Levesque Elementary School; Shaylaa Weaver-Roche, a third-grader from Fort Kent Elementary School; and Charlotte Grange, a fourth-grader from Fort Kent Elementary School. 

The coloring pages are on display at Paradis Shop and Save in Fort Kent.

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