By Conrad Dudderar
It’s time to shop … Yukon’s favorite board game.
To benefit for the Yukon Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Yukon-area residents are encouraged to visit the 40 retailers featured on the Yukonopoly game board.
Yukonopoly is patterned after the classic Monopoly table game – offering a uniquely Yukon flair.
Some 750 Yukonopoly games are being distributed across Yukon and beyond.
Sales of the games, which cost $30 each, support the Yukon Chamber Ambassadors’ community service projects.
“We are having a ‘Shop Yukonopoly’ contest that runs through Sept. 20,” Chamber Ambassadors’ Chair Lynn North said.
“We’re asking people to visit or shop at the properties on the Yukonopoly game board. You can scan the QR code or stop by the Yukon Chamber office to enter the contest.”
Anyone who purchases one of these keepsake board games will receive 20 entries in the Shop Yukonopoly prize drawings – which will be featured during an upcoming special event.
The Yukon Chamber Ambassadors will present a “family fun zone” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Yukonopoly Yard off N 4th and Route 66. This will be part of Yukon Main Street’s Fifth Annual Cruise-in for a Cause.
“We’re going to have a water sponge fight, cornhole and other games, a petting zoo, and a leopard appaloosa from Express Ranch,” North said. “We’re also trying to get inflatables and a fire truck.”
The drawings will start at 7 p.m. for prizes like an indoor/outdoor electric grill, a fire pit, a 52-quart Igloo ice chest with wheels, and gift cards.
Anyone whose name is drawn must show their ID to win a prize.
“If you collect a monopoly – properties of all the same color – you earn extra prizes,” North explained. “You must be present to win.”
To support the Yukonopoly project, Yukon Chamber businesses purchased sponsorships for all 42 spaces on the game board – along with different denominations of the “play” money, the front and back of all deed cards, specialty cards, and more.
The front of the box features a photo of the iconic “Yukon’s Best Flour” grain elevators on Main Street.
Proceeds from events like the Shop Yukonopoly contest help fund the Chamber Ambassadors’ program.
Yukon Chamber CEO Pam Shelton described the Ambassadors as an extension of the Yukon Chamber, going “above our mission to promote economic growth in the community through leadership, support and service to our members.”
The group consists of 32 civic-minded volunteers.
“We’re a branch of the chamber,” North added. “We go out and visit with members and help with chamber and community projects.
“We’re always looking for more volunteers.”
The Yukon Chamber Ambassadors provide food-filled backpacks for students over Christmas break, donate gift cards for domestic violence victims and participate in outreach efforts at local senior facilities.
They regularly host “game nights” where people play Yukonopoly in a fun group setting.
This is the first Yukonopoly game created by the Yukon Chamber of Commerce.
Previous iterations were done by the Yukon Jaycees civic club, Shedeck Elementary School and large retailers.
The public is encouraged to stop by the Yukon Chamber office, 10 W Main – Suite 130, to secure their Yukonopoly games. For more information, call (405) 354-3567.