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Jingle Bells promotion sees revamp

Little Misses Park Rapids, from left, Sarah Gorder and Madysen Sanders and Miss Teen Park Rapids Denia Brown shuffled the Jingle Bells tickets before the drawings. Miss Park Rapids (screen silhouette) Melodie Englund headed off to deliver a ticket to announcer Butch DeLaHunt. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber businesses will ring in the holiday season with the 2012 Park Rapids Jingle Bells Sweepstakes, a $10,000 cash jackpot to be awarded lucky shoppers.

This year, shoppers will have more chances to win.

There will still be one $5,000 winner but this year 10 lucky participants will win $500. Also new this year: a $500 cash award will be given to the business that gives out the $5,000 winning ticket to be used for a party or special reward to employees.

One ticket will be given for each $10 purchase up to a maximum of 10 total tickets per purchase. Fewer tickets means better odds at winning.

The emphasis is to shop locally during the sweepstakes and yearround. The $500 prizes will consist of $250 cash and $250 in Chamber Bucks, which can be redeemed at any Park Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce member businesses. The $5,000 will remain a cash prize.

Participating businesses contribute to Jingle Bells in order to give away the $10,000 in prizes.

Jingle Bells tickets will be distributed by area businesses from Thursday, Nov. 1, through Monday, Dec. 10.

The gala drawing will be held Thursday, Dec. 13 at Century School in Park Rapids. During the gala, participating businesses will hand out door prizes they contributed.

All sectors of the business community are participating - banks, restaurants, grocery stores, downtown merchants, motels, the media, services such as opticians and electricians and both large and small retailers.

Once again, ticket numbers drawn for prizes will be posted after the celebration in the Park Rapids Enterprise, at and, at participating merchants and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Numbers cannot be given out over the phone.

Winners need not be present to win the cash prizes but winning tickets need to be redeemed by Friday, Jan. 4.

For more information contact the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at 732-4111 or

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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