Christmas Festival includes Santa Claus, live nativity, prize drawings
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Ten local shoppers have already won a combined $500 for shopping in Imperial.
And, more prizes are on the horizon as the Imperial Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Christmas Festival today (Thursday).
Activities are planned all day as more than 40 businesses are offering drawings, give-aways or specials. People can stop in throughout the day to register for prizes including Chamber Bucks, a nativity scene, gift certificates and more.
Eleven businesses will also be serving cookies and other treats Thursday.
Boxholders in Imperial, Champion, Lamar and Enders received a green flyer in the mail this week that lists all the participating businesses.
People who get 10 businesses to stamp the back of the flyer can then submit it for special Chamber Bucks drawings Thursday during the soup and pie supper.
To be eligible for the special Chamber Bucks drawings, people must have their stamped flyer submitted by Thursday at Pinnacle Bank during its regular hours, or by 5:15 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, where the soup and pie supper will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.
A total of $200 in Chamber Bucks will be awarded that night from the green flyer submissions, said Chamber promotions chair Mary Deyle.
That’s in addition to the weekly Friday drawings when five people will each win $50 in Chamber Bucks by submitting the yellow coupons mailed out several weeks ago. The person’s name and phone number must be written on the back.
Last Friday’s $50 winners were Nick Roenfeldt, Julie Hansen, Joyce Malleck, Amanda Clay and Troy Worth.
Other weekly drawings will be held Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Slips not selected will carry over to the following weeks, Deyle said.
A live nativity scene featuring local residents will be set up in the parking lot near St. Pat’s Hall Thursday night.
Santa Claus will also visit with children from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. inside the hall.
Another Christmas event hosted by the Chamber is its annual Christmas Lighting Contest.
First and second place winners will be selected from lighted homes the evening of Dec. 21 in each of three categories—religious, best tree and judges’ choice. Prizes are $50 and $25 in Chamber Bucks.
For its fifth year, the Southwest Nebraska Independent Entrepreneurs will host its own Christmas Festival Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. in the city gym, across the street from the St. Pat’s Hall.
More than 20 vendors will have Christmas gifts on display for purchase and all can register for a free gift basket to be awarded.