By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: November 2010
Kallie McGuire and Janet Beil are excited about the town’s many upcoming holiday events.
Are you dreading the holiday shopping season – the long hours of wandering aimlessly around the mall, finding the same boring stuff in every store? Consider taking your holiday dollars to Sapulpa, where the whole town possesses a magical, charming feel this time of year. As an added bonus, you could win up to $10,000 in the 12th annual Jingle Bells sweepstakes.
“The idea for Jingle Bells began as an incentive for people to shop locally in Sapulpa, and now we have shoppers come here from all over the region. This year’s theme is rock ’n roll – Jingle Bell Rocks,” explains Janet Beil, director of Sapulpa Main Street. “Over 100 businesses are participating – retail stores, restaurants, banks and more. Each business decides how it chooses to award Jingle Bells tickets to customers. Some stores give one ticket for every $10 you spend, or a bank may give you a ticket for each deposit you make. The businesses view this as an opportunity to do something fun for their customers and make them happy.”
The Jingle Bells campaign lasts for six weeks – November 6 through the day of the drawing, December 18. The drawing will take place at the Courthouse Plaza parking lot at 1 p.m. Newscaster Lori Fullbright will be on hand to announce the winners of a few smaller cash drawings, and the grand prize winner of $10,000. The drawings will be broadcast on FM radio station 88.5, which will be playing in local stores, and the lucky ticketholder has five minutes to claim the prize.
“Everyone looks forward to this every year. People have to shop for Christmas anyway – they may as well have fun doing it with the hopes of winning a big cash prize. Sapulpa has so many wonderful stores, restaurants and service providers,” says Janet. A complete list of participating businesses can be found online at www.sapulpamainstreet.com.
The Jingle Bells sweepstakes officially kicks off on November 6 at the Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Sapulpa. “About ten retail stores will be participating in the open house. This is a great time to buy – the retailers will have some awesome deals and will debut some of their new items in stock for the holidays. Come out and enjoy special prices, refreshments and beautiful holiday décor,” says Janet.
The town of Sapulpa officially lights up on November 18 during the Lights On celebration at the Courthouse gazebo. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature local elementary school students performing, as well as the community band. “It’s really fun to see the kids perform. The elementary schools do a penny drive to help fund the lights, and the class who raises the most wins a traveling trophy that is awarded at the event. At about 6:20 p.m., we begin a countdown to the lights,” says Janet. “It’s very exciting and looks so beautiful when everything is lit up.”
Another fun event to participate in is the Winter Window Wonderland contest. Several retailers will display merchandise in a window, and one lucky person will win it all. Simply pick up an entry form and track down the information required, like a treasure hunt. The window goes on display in November, and the drawing will be December 18.
The annual Holiday Stroll takes place December 9 and 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will feature carolers, carriage rides and extended downtown shopping hours. Santa will also be on hand with a professional photographer to take pictures with the kids. “The photos turn out really cute and are inexpensive – it’s only $5,” says Janet. “This year, so that no one has to stand in a long line, people can sign up for a carriage ride and then go shopping until they’re called for their turn.”
Janet explains that the Holiday Strolls began five years ago and have become a very popular tradition. “The town looks so pretty all lit up, and there’s a very charming, quaint ambiance.”
Sapulpa offers a lot of festive fun this time of year, and many opportunities to win cash and prizes. Don’t miss out! For more information, visit www.sapulpamainstreet.com or call (918) 224-5709.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.