First of two punch card drawings next week for $500 in Chamber Bucks
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Santa comes to town and the Christmas lights in downtown Imperial will be turned on Dec. 5.
But that’s not all. The Imperial Chamber of Commerce has many events planned to draw people to town next Thursday as they celebrate with the Christmas Festival.
Soup and pie will be served, for a free will donation, at St. Patrick’s Hall from 5-7 p.m.
Santa will also be parked at St. Patrick’s Hall, from 4:30-6:30, when individuals may take pictures of children or pets with their own cameras.
And, according to Chamber President Jana Pribbeno, Velvet Antler Velvet Noses Reindeer Co., in Wray, Colo., will be returning with their reindeer for people to see that evening.
Children are also invited to the Lied Imperial Public Library from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for crafts and story reading.
At Adams Lumber, Jim Brown and Pat Baney will display their wooden rocking horses all day.
Adams Bank & Trust is again sponsoring a gingerbread house contest. The houses must be entered at the bank by 9 a.m. Dec. 2.
Meals or specials will be offered by Adams Drug, First Bank & Trust, the Eagles, Brickstone Grille & Sports Bar, Pizza Hut and Subway on Dec. 5.
In addition, the public may enjoy cookies, popcorn, cider or hot chocolate throughout the day at Fine Things Jewelry & Gifts, Lied Imperial Public Library, Harchelroad Motors, the Mid-Plains Extended Campus, Trustpoint Insurance, First Bank & Trust, Imperial Community Center, Adams Lumber and Pinnacle Bank.
If that isn’t enough, many businesses are offering drawings, giveaways and other specials all day long.
Some of the drawings on tap include registering for gift certificates or Chamber Bucks, 15 percent off Christmas fabric, 25 percent off Christmas cards, a basket of baking goods, holiday gift sets, a nativity set, an Imperial shopping spree and much more.
The Dec. 5 event will mark the first drawings for the three Chamber Bucks prizes of $250, $150 and $100. Full punched cards showing $200 in purchases should be deposited at one of the three collection points—city office, Fine Things Jewelry & Gifts or Pinnacle Bank— prior to the 5 p.m. Christmas Festival events at St. Patrick’s Hall to be included in that night’s first drawings.
Uptown Electronics will pipe Christmas music into downtown all day.
To top off the holiday spirit, Chase County Schools art teacher Chelsea Zuege and her students are planning to paint store windows with Christmas decorations.
Flyers with all the specials were to have been mailed out Monday. As of Tuesday, people could start signing up for the drawings.
The Southwest Nebraska Entrepreneurs, more than 20 vendors of candles, purses, jewelry, makeup and much more, will be set up at the city gym from 2-8 p.m. on Dec. 5.
Their Christmas Festival will offer shoppers a chance to fill some of those Christmas lists.