By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Chamber of Commerce members are rating their annual Christmas Festival as another big hit.
Despite the frigid temperatures, last Thursday’s event drew out hundreds of local residents who shopped during the day, registered for prizes and capped the day off with a soup and pie supper at St. Patrick’s parish hall.
Also at the hall, Santa visited with youngsters from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and people enjoyed seeing two live reindeer from Velvet Antlers Velvet Noses Reindeer Co., of Wray, Colo.
Mary Deyle of the Chamber’s promotion committee said she’s not sure how many youngsters met with Santa.
“But, I purchased about 100 candy canes and they were all gone,” she said.
Each youth received a candy cane after his or her discussion with Santa on their Christmas desires.
Throughout the night, prize winners were announced by members of the Chamber’s promotion committee.
Winning the top Shop at Home prizes from the Chamber for submitting filled punch cards (for $200 in purchases) were Becky Berry, $250 in Chamber Bucks; Margene Hayes, $150 Chamber Bucks; and Bobbi Dittler, $100 Chamber Bucks.
Also awarded Chamber Bucks for turning in their stamped green flyer sheets for visiting 10 local businesses were Hillary Lucero, $100; Kelsey Koerperich, $60; and Amanda Courter, $40.
Numerous businesses also had individual signups in their stores or offices for prizes all week, leading up to last Thursday’s drawings. Those winners are printed in an advertisement elsewhere in this issue.
People attending the soup and pie supper enjoyed five different soups made by members of the St. Patrick’s Altar Society. Pies were contributed by Chamber members.
Deyle estimated between 200 and 225 were served at the supper.
Second Chamber drawing
People are encouraged to continue shopping at home and get their cards punched at participating businesses.
A second drawing will be held next Thursday, Dec. 19, and will award three lucky shoppers another $250, $150 or $100 in Chamber Bucks.
Filled cards can be deposited at the city office, Fine Things Jewelry & Gifts or Pinnacle Bank before Dec. 19.
All cards that were entered for last week’s drawing will remain in contention for the second drawing, Deyle said.
Additional cards are available at several participating businesses.