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At the end of the Chamber's fiscal year, in the beginning of the new calendar year, the Board of Directors hosts the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. This event is an opportunity to celebrate all our successes over the past year and express our gratitude to everyone present for their support. This is also the moment where we welcome new board members and officers to their new positions, and give out awards to outstanding Chamber Members. The Fort Kent community also uses this venue to announce their annual Citizen of the Year.
69th Chamber Annual Dinner - Friday, February 3, 2017 5:30pm
UMFK Sports Center
The Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce Annual Arts & Crafts Fair has been running strong for thirty-five years and seems to get better and better with every holiday season. This Crafts Fair is held on the weekend after Thanksgiving at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Sports Complex and holds approximately 120 vendor booths. This craft fair continues to draw in record numbers of patrons every year. It would be safe to say that this is one of the biggest and better arts and crafts fair in all of northern Maine.
37th Annual GFKACC Craft Fair - Nov. 25-26, 2017
Along with these events, we help to coordinate ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses, chamber mixers (networking opportunities and for members, a time to showcase their business to the rest of the membership). Occasionally, the Board of Directors will also sponsor one-time events, such as the Duck Derby, or raise funds for new community signs- or attempt to add other annual events such as Riverfest, Dickens of a Christmas or Green Ribbon Days. These events have come and gone, but the Chamber continues to look for unique and fun ways to support the local communities, tourism and local businesses. It is who we are. It is why we are here.
The Scarecrow Festival is held in-tandem with the University of Maine at Fort Kent Homecoming Weekend. This weekend is chock full of activity - all in celebration of the changing of the season and harvest-time. Between the Homecoming events, the Festival and taking in the fall atmosphere (fall foliage rides/hikes, exploring the Scenic & Cultural Byways, fishing, hunting), the most difficult thing will be to fit it all into your itinerary.
2017 Scarecrow Festival & UMFK Homecoming Weekend - Sept. 15-17
In collaboration with the Fort Kent Lion's Club and the Fort Kent Fire Department, the Chamber also hosts a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the early evening on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. (As you can see, it is a rather busy day for us.) The Christmas Tree is lit for the first time of the holiday season, and Santa and Mrs. Claus stop by to visit with all the children from the community.
2017 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - Nov. 25
Small Business Saturday®. Shop Small® is a program developed by American Express. It is an annual event held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and is designed to promote shopping in small businesses. Promoting and advancing a healthy business environment is our goal as a Chamber. We support and help coordinate this initiative with our chamber members in an effort to encourage people to shop at our small businesses.
2017 Small Business Saturday - Nov. 25
The second weekend in August is a busy time in Fort Kent. The Fort Kent International Muskie Derby is in full swing and fisher-folks from all over come to catch that record-breaking muskie. It is also that time when school will soon be in session - and families are trying to get as much summer fun into their everyday life as possible. So what do people who don't fish do during that time? Well, they look for something to celebrate. What better celebration than for that of an Acadian Icon - the Ploye (the Acadian buckwheat pancake). This event includes activities such as making the world's largest ploye, musical entertainment, vendor booths, and more. It's a weekend of fun for the whole family.
2017 Ploye Festival & Fort Kent International Muskie Derby - Aug.11-13
2017 Ploye Festival Arts & Crafts Fair Vendor Application
If you walk down Main Street in Fort Kent during the summer months, you'll see flowerpots on every lamp post. Each pot is sponsored by individuals, groups, businesses and/or families as a contribution to the communities efforts to beautify downtown. The Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce helps to coordinate this effort, with the help of the Town of Fort Kent Public Works Department who hang and water the flowers throughout the summer. If you would like to sponsor a pot for yourself, or as a memorial sponsorship, just fill out a form and send it to the Chamber Office. 2016 Adopt-A-Pot Sponsor Form