For the past six years the Canadian Potato Museum in O’Leary has benefitted from a Potato Month promotion run every February by WP Griffin Inc and Sobey and Co-op stores in Atlantic Canada.
This year’s promotion, which involves the February sales of Canadian Heritage brand russet potatoes, raised $15,655 for the potato museum. The six-year total from the campaign has grown to $190,155.
Museum president Bill MacKendrick said the money will be used for major renovations and for upgrading exhibits. Previous contributions have helped to upgrade the museum’s heating system.
Customers participating in the potato month promotion from throughout Atlantic Canada had the opportunity to submit ballots for a chance to win prizes.
Dorothy Gaudet, who lives one street over from the Potato Museum was the grand prize winner. Her prize package includes accommodations at the Holman Grand, spending money and admission to the museum.