Best of the Best draws crowd at new location

By Jordan Bailey | May 18, 2017
Photo by: Jordan Bailey Dan Andrews tables for Andrews and Andrews Appraisals, voted Best Auction House.

Belfast — The 11th annual Waldo County Best of the Best and Business Showcase drew a large crowd May 17, its first time held in the United Farmers Market building on Spring Street.

Leaky Boot Jug Band, voted Best Local Band/Musician, provided music as attendees visited the tables of local businesses to learn about their products and services while collecting free samples and "swag."

Michaelene Achorn, executive director of Belfast Chamber of Commerce, which organized the Business Showcase, said there were 91 vendors tabling at the event.

"I thought people enjoyed it very much," she said May 18. "The location was great. The view was beautiful and it flowed nicely."

At University of Maine's Hutchinson Center, where the events were held in the past, the main room was not large enough for all the tables, so many ended up in different rooms and lining hallways. Achorn said the chamber received feedback that businesses wanted their tables to be all together and the new location enabled that, with most of the businesses set up in two large rooms that both were connected to a larger space where the band was playing.

The Best of the Best, organized by The Republican Journal/Village Soup, benefits University of Maine Hutchinson Center scholarships. Copies of the people's choice results, which were included as an insert in The Republican Journal a few weeks ago, can be picked up at The Republican Journal office at 156 High St., Belfast.

Attendees consider bidding on items toward the end of a silent auction. (Photos by: Jordan Bailey)
Jay McCrum tries a sample at The Belfast Farmer's Market table.
Jude Tingley of Holistic Hooper hula hoops to music performed by the Leaky Boot Jug Band.
Jennifer Howard of Helping Hands offered free face painting. Here she is painting the face of Kloe Luce of Belfast.
Lisa Nichols Salon staff, from left, Karen Smith, Kelsey Payton and Stephanie Howes, react to something out of view as Eva Ociepka checks their work in the mirror.
Belle Ryan, assistant music coordinator for Maine Celtic Celebration, smiles during a break in signing up volunteers for the event.
Emcee Tim Woitowitz stops to appreciate the flowers at the table of Holmes Florist and Greenhouse, voted Best Florist.
Kim Dunn of Bennett's Gems and Jewelry tells an interested attendee about the origins of stones in rings she had on display.
Shelley Patten of The Treasured Leaf Tea Co. offers samples of iced teas.
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Jordan Bailey has been working for The Republican Journal since 2013. She studied philosophy at Boston College and has experience in marine science education and journalism. She lives in Belfast.


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