The new pumps were well-used on Saturday at Moosehorn Co-op's grand opening of their gas bar. The lines were patient and full for the entire four-hour event. General Manager Benjamin MacDonald says the event has blown his mind.

"Today has been exceeding my expectations. For a while there, I didn't think we were going to pull it off, I didn't know if anyone was going to show up. The amount of people, the amount of food, the amount of new faces, just good times, good fun, I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out."

Over 400 hotdogs were handed out from tents beside the new convenience store, and MacDonald says, the crowd represented multiple generations.

"We had people that were a couple of weeks old to 90 years old, they were all mingling, they were all socializing and visiting, it was a full community event. We had the graduating class come out and help us with some volunteer work, so we had young kids helping us out. We have current board members, we have board members from the past here, some of them getting teary-eyed over the joy of seeing this place up and running. It feels good that we made the right decision. We built something for the community and they appreciate it, and we appreciate them. What we say is 'You're at home here.' That's the Co-op slogan, and I saw it 100 per cent today."

The consistent use of the new gas station over the course of the day was a positive indication for a project that board member Adrian Shabaga says has been decades in the making.

"It's almost 18 years ago we purchase it (the land) with the idea of building this convenience store and gas bar. It took a lot of hoops and hurdles, we had to save up money, build it up, but we finally got it done and it's tremendous."