Two-hundred drivers drove off with free gas in Colchester Thursday as part of a promotion for community banking.
Employees from North Country Credit Union were manning the pumps at the Champlain Farms near Exit 16. The first 200 cars to come through between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. were treated to $20 of gas paid for by the credit union.
Similar events were stages around the country as part of "Take Back your Banking Day." Credit unions and small banks are trying to convince people that their banking needs-- and the local economy-- are better served at smaller, local institutions.