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Potato Museum gets another big boost (click video link)

The museum’s president, Bill MacKendrick, was in attendance to accept a $42,500 cheque from Sobeys and Griffins on behalf of the museum, the proceeds from this year’s promotion.

It was WP Griffin Inc. president, John Griffin who initially pitched the promotion idea to Sobeys. On Friday Griffin announced that 170,000 ten-pound bags were sold through the promotion this year, with the museum receiving a 25-cent donation from every bag. The contribution for the first three years of the promotion is $114,500.

While some of the Sobeys-Griffins donation is going for general maintenance, MacKendrick said the majority of it will be used to help leverage funds for future expansion. He anticipates adding to the antique farm machinery museum to accommodate more displays including an extensive blacksmithing display.

The bags also carried a context for a chance to win a P.E.I. summer vacation, including stay at the Rodd Mill River Resort and a tour o the museum. The Potato Board and the Rodd were among the sponsors for the contest.

The grand prize-winner was Norma Beliveau from Moncton.

MacKendrick believes the promotion also helps brings visitors to the museum. Last year it enjoyed its busiest summer ever.

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