Catholic Charities of Maine has always received a tremendous amount of community support, but supporting one’s local food pantry took on a whole new level of fun on Aug. 20, when country stars Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy took the stage at Spud Speedway for Feed the County Summerfest.

Approximately 4,600 turned out for the show and while ticket sales were lower than event organizers had hoped, the event still means plenty of money for Catholic Charities in Caribou to help with their mission of stocking food pantries in northern Maine.

“This event raised awareness about Feed the County, we know that we’ve raised some money for the cause, and people in The County got to have a good time and see a show like no other right here in Caribou, Maine,” said Spud Speedway owner Troy Haney. An exact total of money raised was unavailable at time of print, but Program Director of Catholic Charities in Caribou Dixie Shaw didn’t need an exact figure to be pleased with the event’s success.

“I think The County has always supported us and this is a great chance for them to get something back,” Shaw said. “Not only are [concert-goers] supporting their neighbors who have less than they do, they’re having an opportunity to see some great bands and have a great time right here in Aroostook County.”

“I couldn’t be happier,” she added.

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