HEBRON — Those hoping to attend the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner may be too late. Tickets have been sold out for two weeks and there is a waiting list for those still hoping to get in.

The dinner is Saturday at the Lepage Arts Center at Hebron Academy. Gov. Paul LePage is the keynote speaker.

“We sold out so quickly, I think it took everybody by surprise,” chamber Executive Director John Williams said Tuesday.

He said this year’s dinner is up to 350 spots, from 290 last year, thanks to Hebron Academy freeing up some extra space for tables upstairs at the arts center.

Williams credits the increased attendance to LePage’s presence, as well as Sawin Millett’s presence to accept the Citizen of the Year award.

“There’s a very significant contingent of not only friends and business associates but other political personalities who have an interest in coming and honoring (Millett) by being there,” Williams said.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, the chamber will host a forum at which businesspeople can discuss legal red tape that makes it difficult to do business.

Representatives for LePage and U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins will be there, as will local state representatives. The forum will take place at the C.N. Brown conference center on C.N. Brown Way, which is off Main Street across from Gary Street.

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