Santa, reindeer en route to Christmas Festival
Thursday’s annual Chamber event has
gift sign-ups all day,
punch card drawing
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
■ Weekend full of Christmas celebrations PAGE A2.
Shoppers are dropping off their punch cards, Chamber members are putting on the final Christmas decorating touches at their businesses and soups and pies are being made.
All of that is in anticipation of the Imperial Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Festival today (Thursday).
The day culminates with the soup and pie supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the St. Patrick Parish Hall, but there is also much going on throughout the day.
All boxholders were mailed a green flyer last week, outlining all the drawings, meals, store specials and other events at local businesses Thursday.
Most noticeable on the list of events is the many individual gift or Chamber Bucks give-aways at individual stores. Check the list on the flyer for locations.
Shoppers began registering for those give-aways last week, and can continue to do so through mid-afternoon today (Thursday).
Many businesses will be drawing their individual winners in time to get the names to the parish hall to be announced between 5 and 7 p.m. Others will be drawn at the hall.
An additional drawing for up to $200 in Chamber Bucks can be won by having the squares on the green flyer stamped by 10 different businesses. Have the flyer to the hall by 5:15 p.m. for those selections.
People should have their filled punch cards turned into either Pinnacle Bank, city of Imperial or Fine Things Jewelry & Gifts by mid-afternoon to be included in the first drawings Thursday night for $250, $150 and $100 in Chamber Bucks.
The same amounts will be given away in a second drawing on Dec. 19. Winners need not be present to win at either drawing.
Youths can come by the hall starting at 4:30 p.m. when Santa is scheduled to arrive. He’ll be on hand until 6:30 p.m. to listen to children’s Christmas wishes. Parents can bring cameras to snap pictures if they choose.
Live reindeer will be outdoors during the evening, coming here from the Velvet Antler Velvet Noses Reindeer Co. in Wray, Colo. The reindeer are returning this year after attending the Festival in 2012 for the first time.
The city of Imperial will turn on the Christmas lights for the first time this season Thursday night in celebration of the Christmas Festival and the season.
Soup and pie will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. for a free will donation.
Residential lighting contest
More and more Imperial residents are turning on their outdoor Christmas lights in anticipation of the season.
The Imperial Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring its residential Christmas lighting contest.
Judging will take place on Sunday, Dec. 15, after dark in three categories—religious, best tree and judges’ choice.
First and second place in each category will win $50 and $25 in Chamber Bucks.