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Scarecrow Festival returns to Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — A little bit of rain did not dampen the spirits of community members who turned out Saturday morning for the 2021 Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Festival parade.

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

The event was cancelled in its entirety last year due to the pandemic, which had a minor effect on this year’s celebration. 

“Because of COVID we had to cancel or not plan certain activities, but we did have a pretty good turnout for the parade given the circumstances,” said Chamber Executive Director Dona Saucier. 

There were approximately 20 parade entries on Saturday.

The winning parade floats this year were for most creative, University of Maine at Fort Kent; best theme (Hometown Heroes), Girl Scouts of Maine, and judges’ choice, Fort Kent Outdoor Center/Lonesome Pine Trails. 

“We also had entries for the business decorating contest- even though most businesses have been stretched real thin this year,” Saucier said.

Scarecrow Festival Business Decorating Contest winners were Acadia Federal Credit Union and Fort Kent Town Office, tied for first place. 

Acadia embraced the ‘Hometown Heroes’ festival theme by celebrating the many people who contributed more than $12,000 to the business’ ‘Ending Hunger Campaign’. The money will support local food pantries. 

Second place went to The Total Look With Nails by Beth, and the third place winner was Norstate Federal Credit Union. 

Local youngsters also had the opportunity to participate in the festivities with a coloring contest that saw more than 230 entries. Scarlett Granatowski took first place in the Age 1 to Pre-K category. Bailey Bouchard won in the Kindergarten to Grade 1 category, and Gracie St. Onge was the winner among young artists in Grades 2-4. 

“Overall, for the times we are living in, it was a pretty decent festival,” Saucier said. “I’m glad we were able to put some things together again for the people we serve.”

FORT KENT, Maine — September 18, 2021 — The 2021 Scarecrow Festival parade saw more than 20 entries on Saturday. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

FORT KENT, Maine — September 18, 2021 — Rain or shine, greater Fort Kent area community members came out to celebrate the 2021 Scarecrow Festival parade. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

FORT KENT, Maine — September 17, 2021 — Acadia Federal Credit Union employees share their first place winning entry in the 2021 Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Festival business decorating contest. The display includes a check with the amount the business helped raise with their annual ‘Ending Hunger Campaign.’ (Courtesy of Acadia Federal Credit Union)

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