Gov. LePage names Aug. 16 Maine Day

Posted Aug. 08, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has proclaimed the third Saturday of August as Maine Day. This year, August 16 will be a day to celebrate the State of Maine by encouraging people within and outside the State to try Maine-made food and beverage, and recognize the Pine Tree State as a great place to live, work, and visit. 

A proclamation signing will be held at the Office of the Governor on Monday, Aug. 11.

“The Maine Day is an idea from citizens of Maine as a simple way to put a day on the calendar when all people, businesses, towns, non-profits, associations and foundations, can stop for one day and celebrate our great State,” said Governor Paul LePage. “Unlike many initiatives across Maine, this is not about creating a single event, run by a single group that needs to be attended in order to participate. Maine Day is owned by all the people of Maine, to celebrate how they please. 

Gren Blackall who led the citizens’ effort to bring this idea said, “Maine already has one of the strongest brands of all the states. We are known for our woods, our coasts, our quality of life, and our great foods and restaurants. Maine Day is a classic crowd-driven effort that taps into that palpable pro-Maine feeling that so many here and outside of the state hold dear.” 

The Governor added, “This is not a State Government Day, and it certainly is not owned by one party or one industry or one nonprofit. This is your day Mainers. I will encourage State Government to find our own ways to contribute to the day, as I hope will all future governor’s of the state will do the same. But I’m just as interested to see what kind of ideas this generates from Kittery to Caribou.”

George Gervais, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) said, “Maine Day impact over the years could become significant for the economy of Maine, for the increase in food purchases, and the added benefit of the revenue going right back into the state.” 

Walt Whitcomb, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture said, “We have many events in Maine that help support the connection of local foods and fiber to our Maine economy. Maine Day will add a little statewide enthusiasm to the purchase local message.”

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