BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)- This past weekend brought thousands to Bangor to enjoy the American Folk Festival. The wave of people offer the city an economic boost, and many non-profits count on the festival to keep them open.
Lee Speronis with Saint George's Greek Orthodox church banks on the festival for their budget. Speronis said, "There are a lot of us non-profits. We wouldn't exist, can you imagine closing the doors if it wasn't for the Folk Festival. That's sad."
The church sold authentic Greek cuisine and even offered festival goers impromptu dance lessons. Long days and a constant crowd left their congregation worn out, but it was worth it.
"We hit the goal, a little better than the goal. Sunday I wish we would have done a little bit better because we did so great Friday and Saturday so our expectations were really high," said Speronis.
Almost a quarter of their budget of revenues goes to the Folk Festival.
They were not the only ones hoping to score some extra cash during the festival. The Curran Homestead in Orrington offered parking for five dollars to festival goers. The crew spent thirty hours and parked over six-hundred cars.
Treasurer of Curran Homestead, Irv Marsters, said, "Visitors made it worth it. We were so busy and we had such fun with the people that were coming."
The museum raised over three-thousand and one hundred dollars. That is a thousand more than last year. The money will help fund education programs and restore parts of the museum.
Both non-profits agreed the crowds were heavy and willing to help.
"The community is helping us, we are helping the community so it just continues to build on itself," said Speronis.
The festival itself asked for donations, but the total amount will not be known for a few days.