By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
The Imperial Gem being sought in the community has apparently been found, but the $250 prize in Chamber Bucks has yet to be claimed.
The gem people sought in the treasure hunt, using weekly clues printed in The Imperial Republican, is gone from its hidden location, said Chamber member Jana Pribbeno, who is coordinating the hunt.
The person who has found the gem needs to turn it in to claim their prize by Monday before 12 noon at the newspaper office, Pribbeno said, or the prize will be forfeited.
Another Chamber activity for the holiday season are weekly drawings for Chamber Bucks. Winners in the first Chamber drawing last Friday were Mary Sparks, Crystal Ferebee, Tami Ekart, Evonne Poppe and Leatha Snyder.
Each won $50 in Chamber Bucks. Their names were chosen after they used and deposited coupons from the yellow coupon book mailed to boxholders earlier this month.
Four more drawings, with five $50 winners each week, will be held each Friday through Dec. 19. Those entries not chosen each week will remain in contention for the following weeks’ drawings.
Christmas Festival Dec. 4
A full day of activities will be held next Thursday, Dec. 4, as the Chamber Christmas Festival unfolds.
This one-day event includes numerous opportunities to win prizes at individual businesses, gift certificates and/or Chamber Bucks by registering at the stores and offices.
Additional Chamber Bucks will be awarded by the Chamber of Commerce that night.
Boxholders in Imperial, Champion, Lamar and Enders will be receiving a green flyer in the mail early next week that lists all the participating businesses.
More than 40 businesses are offering drawings, give-aways and other specials in their stores/offices.
People who get 10 businesses to stamp their green flyer next week can then submit it for the Chamber Bucks drawings Thursday, Dec. 4, at the soup and pie supper. People must have their flyer submitted that day at Pinnacle Bank or by 5:15 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall.
A total of $200 in Chamber Bucks will be awarded that night from the green flyer submissions, said promotions chair Mary Deyle.
All day next Thursday, 11 businesses will be offering free cookies, popcorn, cider and hot chocolate including Fine Things Jewelry & Gifts, Harchelroad Motors, Imperial Community Center, Viaero, Mid-Plains Community College Imperial campus, Adams Lumber, Troxell’s, State Farm Insurance, Trustpoint Insurance, Pinnacle Bank and Adams Drug.
Capping off the Dec. 4 activities at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall will be a live nativity scene and a soup and pie supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Free will donations will be accepted.
Santa Claus will also be at the hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.