Co-op dedicates day of music, food, freebies to customers

By Tanya Mitchell | Aug 23, 2012
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Waite Maclin, aka Pastor Chuck Orchards (right), poses for a photo with a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself during the Customer Appreciation Day at The Belfast Co-op Saturday, Aug. 18.

Belfast — The staff at The Belfast Co-op once again showed they know how to throw a summer party Saturday, Aug. 18, and the festivities were all about giving back to the store's customers.

The eighth annual Customer Appreciation Day featured live music, a barbecue, door prizes and a health fair. The day also included raffles and a book sale, the proceeds from which benefited five local causes: New Hope for Women, Avian Haven, Waldo County Hospice, Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association and Our Town Belfast.

About 20 vendors from all over the state set up tables and offered free samples, and the Red Cross Blood Mobile was on site for those who wished to give blood.

Chris Grigsby, who is one of three general managers at the co-op, said the event was the result of a good deal of planning on the part of the Customer Appreciation Day Committee.

"We started meeting about this back in April," he said.

Local bands that provided music for the day included The Gawler Family, The Belfast Bay Fiddlers, The Willy Kelly Band, Odlaw, The Juke Rockets, The Hips.

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