By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
Sixteen winners will have their names selected in a drawing next Monday that culminates the Yukon Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday retail promotion.
The Yukon Yuletide Express “Departure Party” kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the parking lot of the Event Center at 10 West Main.
“This is a great way to culminate the exciting year we’ve had at the Yukon Chamber,” Chamber Chief Executive Officer Pam Shelton said.
A total of $5,500 in “Santa Bucks” will be given away to lucky shoppers who entered the drawing.
“Make sure your names and phone numbers are on your tickets,” Shelton said. “We’ll start the drawing around 6:35 or 6:40.
“You have to be present to win, and you must have an ID.”
Shoppers have received drawing tickets while visiting and spending money at participating Yukon Yuletide Express merchants during the six-week event. The more people spent at a Yuletide Express business, the more tickets they were eligible to receive.
The 2018 Yukon Yuletide Express, designed to encourage shoppers to spend money at local retailers, launched Nov. 2 and ended Friday.
There will be two $1,000 awards, three $500 awards, six $250 awards, and five $100 awards for a total of 16 prizes.
Award winners must spend their “Santa Bucks” by Feb. 28, 2019 at participating Yukon Yuletide Express stores.
“This way we ‘keep it local’,” Shelton said.
Other highlights of next Monday’s Departure Party will be free rides for children on the Yukon Yuletide Express train, photos with Santa Claus and pet adoptions with the Bella Foundation.
Attendees will be encouraged to shop stores at the Event Center at 10 West Main and the downtown area.
The Yukon Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 holiday shopping extravaganza attracted a record 68 business participants, beating the previous high of 67 in 2013. The Yukon Chamber began this retail promotion in 2008 with 52 participants.
The Proud 68
The 2018 Yukon Yuletide Express participants and sponsors are:
405 CBD Health & Wellness, Air Flow Technologies, Archery Traditions of Oklahoma, Auto FX, Avery Joes, Bad Brad’s Bar-B-Q, Baker Photo & Video, BancFirst Yukon, Betsey’s Boutique Shop, Be-You-tique, Bohemians LLC, Brewer Carpet One, Carpenter’s Ace Hardware, Christian Brothers Automotive – Yukon, Cloverleaf Precision, Del Taco, and Doyle Chiropractic & Family Wellness.
Also, Dusty Roads Marketplace, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Green Chile Kitchen Route 66, Hampton Inn – Yukon, Integris Canadian Valley Hospital Gift Shop, Jameson’s Discount Home Improvement Warehouse, Jason Dukes DDS, Joe Cooper Ford – Yukon, K9 University, Kelly-Moore Paints, Kwik Kar Service Center, Langston’s, Louie’s Grill & Bar, Lowe’s – Yukon, MainStreet Marketplace, Majors and Co., and Mazzio’s Italian Eatery.
Also, Motus Chiropractic, Panhandle Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly Daycare, Pearle Vision – Yukon, Pie Five Pizza Co., Polished Nails, Primo’s Restaurant Bar & Catering, Relic Revival, State Rep. Rhonda Baker, Rib Crib BBQ, Sip of Wine & Liquor, Smith & Turner Mortuary, Smith’s Home Service, Stitch Designs Inc., Terry Halbert Auto Sales, The Arrangement, and The Big Easy New Orleans Café.
Also, The Lokal Yukon, The Vitality Mill, United Pharmacy, Urban Boondocks Market, Urban Oak on 66, Vacca Territory Creamery & Coffeehouse, Valley View Massage & Body Works, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Walmart Supercenter, Westpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon American Shaman, Yukon Community Engagement, Yukon Progress, Yukon Review, Yukon Trophy & Awards, and Zaxby’s Yukon.
For more information, contact the Yukon Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 354-3567.