This holiday season, shoppers in the downtown now have an opportunity to win cash prizes during Marion Christmas Fest.
Last year, downtown Marion businesses worked together to hold the Winter Nights — Christmas Lights cash drawing promotion. This year’s event is named Marion Christmas Fest. The cash drawing promotion started on Friday, Nov. 15 and will conclude with the downtown Christmas celebration on the evening of Friday, Dec. 20.
Charlene Hollifield with Shucks Pearls said the second annual promotion started a little earlier because Thanksgiving falls so late on the calendar this year.
As of Friday, a total of 17 downtown businesses are participating. They are: The Makery, Turtle Laboratories, Coley’s Graphics and More, Sunkissed Tanning, Bruce’s Fabulous Foods, Fire and Ice Jewelry, The Jewelry Connection, Killough’s Music and Loan, Flavors on Main, Shucks Pearls, Crooked Door Coffee House, McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA), Spring House Mercantile, City Barber Shop, Bill Griffith Jewelers, Simply Sweet & Happy and You Rock Nutrition.
For every $10 or more that you spend at one of these businesses, you will get a raffle ticket for the cash drawings. Or if you spend $100, you can get 10 tickets.
The participating business will have signs stating that you can get tickets there.
The cash drawings will be for prizes of $500, $250, $150 and $100. Hollifield said the money to be given away came from the downtown business owners.
These participating businesses will also have longer hours on the three Friday evenings in December. They will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6; Friday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 20.
On the evening of Friday, Dec. 20, the drawing will take place at the City Stage on Marion’s North Block. Mayor Steve Little will pull the winning tickets. You must have your ticket with you in order to win, said Hollifield.
In addition, Santa Claus will be there and children can visit with him at the City Stage.
Along with the participating businesses, Rhonda Silver Real Estate Group, Realty Group 1 and Bruce’s Fabulous Foods are sponsors.
Hollifield and her business partner Tony Long said Marion Christmas Fest seeks to encourage more people to shop in downtown Marion and see what all these businesses have to offer. Years ago, downtown merchants offered cash prizes as an incentive for shopping local.
“It’s a throwback to what used to be in downtown,” said Long.
In addition, shoppers should look out for special events at certain store locations, said Hollifield.
For more information, visit the Facebook page for Marion events: https://www.facebook.com/marionevents/