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UMFK to host Homecoming during Scarecrow Festival

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host its annual Homecoming celebration Sept. 17-19, 2021 in Fort Kent.

The three, fun-filled days will feature many events, including soccer and volleyball games, alumni soccer game, alumni brunch, ribbon cutting and the first AcadiAuction and Soirée.

Friday, Sept. 17 

Homecoming kick-off will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting of the newly built Enrollment & Advancement Center.  Tours will be given of the new building and individuals are required to wear a mask. This event is free and open to the public.

At 6:30 p.m. the AcadiAuction and Soirée will be held at the Acadian Archives acadiennes. This is the first artifact sponsorship auction. Join community members in bidding for the opportunity to sponsor one of three lots this year: the Charles de St-Etienne de la Tour Commission from 1651, The Upper Saint John River American Treaty Lots from 1843-1844 or paintings done by artist Gilbert O. Roy. Sponsorships provide for the restoration and care of these and other artifacts kept at the Acadian Archives. 

Tickets are limited to 50 and are $25 per person. To purchase, visit www.umfk.edu/alumni/homecoming/acadiauction/. For further information on the soiree, contact UMFK Foundation at 207-834-7800. 

Saturday, Sept. 18 

At 8:00 a.m. a co-ed alumni soccer game will pit alumni vs. UMFK student athletes on the Alumni Memorial Field. The first 20 players get a free T-shirt. This event is free and alumni can register by emailing Oniqueky Samuels at oniqueky.samuels@maine.edu. 

Spectators should wear green, gold, and or tiger prints when watching the games on campus.

The campus store will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers will receive a 10 percent discount.

The annual Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce’s Scarecrow Festival parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the courthouse on Market Street to Main Street up to Pleasant Street to the UMFK president’s residence, Acadia House. This year’s parade theme is “Hometown Heroes.”  UMFK graduates from the class of 2020 and 2021 are encouraged to participate in the parade; bring mortarboard and cord. Lineup is at 9:15 a.m.

Back on campus at the Sports Center, the Lady Bengals will play two volleyball games, one at noon and one at 2 p.m. against the Husson University Eagles. UMFK will have swag giveaways during the game.

 The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at Nowland Hall with a social at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.  This year’s ceremony will honor 2020 inductees Bill Ashby, Jennifer Colpitts, Jimmy Lopez and Jarryd Phillips. 

During the evening ceremony, Wilda Kelly will be presented the Floyd “Red” Powell Award, which is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution and/or enhancement of UMFK Athletics. 

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at the Sports Center or at:  athletics.umfk.edu/hof/. For more information, contact Matt Dyer at matthew.f.dyer@maine.edu or 207-834-8637.

Sunday, Sept. 19

The Alumni Association will bestow honors on Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Norman Martin (Class of 1967) and the heroic role educators have played during the pandemic. UMFK alumni in attendance and who work in education will also be recognized at the UMFK Alumni Brunch. The brunch will begin at 11 a.m. and be held at Nadeau Hall. 

The event is open to the entire UMFK community, and to the public. Tickets are $10 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information call 207-834-7800 or email shannon.lugdon@maine.edu.

At 1 p.m., the Lady Bengals soccer team will be in action on Alumni Memorial Field against Central Maine Community College Mustangs. The Bengal men will take on CMCC at 3 p.m. There will be UMFK swag giveaways and onsite concessions during both games.

To view an updated schedule of Homecoming, visit umfk.edu/alumni/homecoming.

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