Thursday and Friday, the first two days of the 17th Annual Scarecrow Festival, opened the weekend with photography galas at the UMFK Blake Library and sidewalk vendors on Main Street in downtown Fort Kent.
On Saturday, local businesses and marching bands from both Madawaska and Valley Rivers Middle School took to the streets of Fort Kent with floats, costumes, music and candy to celebrate the festival with a parade.
From East Main Street to West Main Street, hundreds of people lined the streets with their families.
For local children, the parade might be most exciting because of the large amounts of candy that is thrown, but for the business owners and community groups, it is a friendly competition to see who can come up with the best float.
The float competitions are split up into seven different categories and are judged within those categories. The first category, won by the St. John Senior College, was the Best UMFK Entry. Second, won by the Pride of Madawaska Marching Band, was the Best Musical Entry. The boys of Fort Kent Cub Scout Pack #189 won the Best Non-Profit Group Entry.
The Best Business Entry went to Roy Auto Parts, while Thomas’s Fleet, a float in the shape of Thomas the train engine, won the Best Children’s Entry. Winning the Best Theme Entry category was Shop n’ Save, while the Judge’s choice went to Dina Cyr’s Dance Dynamics group.
Also taking place at the University was a classic and custom car show. The show gave owners a chance to show off their prized possessions. The show brought in around 70 cars and several community members came out to see them.
Lions members young and old gathered at Riverside Park in Fort Kent on Saturday for the grand opening of the new pavilion, deemed “The Lion’s Den” by its creators.
The structure, resembling a log cabin without the walls, is 6,000 square feet, and still awaits a permanent floor, which will come in the form of a cement slab in the near future.
For wintertime use, the building will have removable walls, ensuring the townspeople warmth if they choose to use “The Lion’s Den” during the winter months. Though the structure itself went up relatively quickly (the whole building process took roughly three months) the project itself has been an ongoing process over the past six years.