Pana Community Christmas lighting display contest making a returnThe first suggestion is a revival of the community Christmas lighting display contest, which was last held many years ago. Residents can register their homes in the contest beginning Saturday, Nov. 28, also known as Small Business Saturday. The deadline is short, as it concludes one week later on December 5. A public voting timeframe will be from December 6 through December 19. These votes can be cast by sending an email to the Chamber’s office. The announcement of winners will be on December 21, with the winner receiving a $250 top prize. There are also prizes for second and third place, receiving $150 and $100 respectively. Dawn Wonsik is the coordinator for this contest.
Santa to ride around town on a fire truck, virtual tree lighting November 28A second suggestion is to have their local Santa ride around town on a fire truck on Saturday, Nov. 28. Mathis and Stupek will be coordinating with the appropriate contacts to make arrangements. A virtual Christmas tree lighting will also take place that day.
Weekly scavenger hunt, Christmas stocking giveawayA third suggestion is to hold a weekly scavenger hunt. The weekly event would begin on November 30 and end on December 26. Clues will be given throughout the week each week for the location of a token. The token can then be brought in to the Chamber office for a prize. Mathis and Schafer will be coordinators for this event. A final suggestion was to once again hold the Christmas stocking giveaway. Extry boxes will be available at local businesses during the month of December until December 20.
Other notable eventsBob Smith is resigning from the Chamber board of directors. The realtor from Grissom-Schmitz Realty recently entered retirement. Two additional members would join the Chamber. They are Hickory Estates Memory Care and CTI Fiber.
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