BELFAST — The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors have announced the winners of this year’s annual Chamber Awards, voted by the people of Waldo County. The chamber received almost 1,300 submissions this year, according to the organization’s Oct. 27 newsletter.

The award winners in each category are:

  • Business Growth – The Grasshopper Shop
  • New Business – Rio’s Spiked Cafe
  • Waldo County Business – Penobscot Marine Museum
  • Health Care Partner – Belfast Soup Kitchen
  • Hometown Heritage – Rollie’s Bar & Grill

The following were runners-up:

  • Business Growth – The Scone Goddess
  • New Business – Stone Tree Farm & Cidery
  • Waldo County Business – Friends of Fort Knox
  • Health Care Partner – Waldo County YMCA
  • Hometown Heritage – Belfast Historical Society & Museum

Winners of the Citizen of the Year Award and the Chamber Appreciation Award will be announced at the Awards Gala Friday, Nov. 4, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. For tickets, visit