BANGOR – The Chamber of Commerce annual dinner was held this weekend, where notable prizes were given out to exceptional members of the community, but the prize they received holds even more significance then they know.
There’s no actual key to the city of Bangor, but if there was this would be it.
The small statue is a replica of the large Paul Bunyan on Main Street, and has been given to notable figures in the town since the 1960’s.
“Bob Hope, Ronald Regan, President Richard Nixon. They all have one of these statues” said Deb Neuman, the Preident/CEO of the Bangor Chamber of Commerce. “This has become a coveted statue to receive”
It’s used as the Chamber of Commerce awards at their annual dinner, despite many others trying to get their hands on one of these coveted prizes. Neuman said, “They agreed that the Paul Bnyan statues would only be used by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, and that partnership continues today.”
“She always kept her word and never gave them away to anybody, including family members that wanted them” said Teresa Wong, the Owner of the Brewer Creative Art Center, and the granddaughter of the original creator.
But this statue is finally being retired, the existing mold was wearing down after years of use, so the granddaughter of the original mold has made a new one. Today, the granddaughter of the Executive Director of the Chamber at the time of the original mold, was able to receive one of the last Paul Bunyans from the granddaughter of the original creator.