When Patricia Boucher arrived at her store Friday morning, there was a line of people waiting to get in- almost two hours before it opened.
“When we locked the door at 8:30 Friday night, the store was still full of people,” she said.
It’s the same story for almost every business in Madawaska after a huge weekend full of CMA festivities.
“It pretty much tripled our revenue in just one day,” said Helen Fortin of Crystal Lynn’s.
Though this past weekend was the big one – organizers say so far the entire Congress has exceeded expectations. President of the Maine Regional Coordinating Committee George Dumond says the number of people at many events was higher than they expected.
“So far I’m very very very very very happy,” he said.
Businesses on both side of the border have seen quite the boost.
“The only thing is its unpredictable when we’re going to get people in the restaurant so its hard to schedule the people that work here to cover the area but its been a positive impact, more people,” said Robert Cormier of Station 177.
“Lot of flags, been selling lots of hats T-shirts, and sweatshirts for the World Acadian Congress,” said Mike Voisine of Miller’s Discount.
And more will likely be sold – organizers say there’s still plenty going on between now and Sunday, when the Congress ends. Dumond says they’ll have know a more accurate number for the attendance of the whole Congress once it ends. They’ve hired a company to calculate that for them. He also says they’ve been getting a lot of calls about when and where specific events are. He says for more information on the rest of the events, visit cma2014.com.