By Teri L. Hansen
This year, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and McPherson Main Street Snowball Drop will be held inside. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 7, Santa will kick off the holiday season at the McPherson Community Building Gym, 122 E. Marlin St.
“The decision to move the drop inside was based on many factors including weather, time change and safety of Santa,” McPherson Main Street Executive Director Ann Engel explained.
Numbered snowballs will be thrown to adults in the audiences for the eighth year. They will b e chucked off the balcony to the crowd. The snowballs can be redeemed for a number of prizes such as gift cards, coupon, discounts and each adult can redeem up to three and they don’t have to go to a separate location to redeem them.
“The event was created as a way to kick-off the holiday shopping season and to encourage people to shop at our local businesses,” Engel said. “All the prizes are donated by our Main Street and Chamber business members.”
Don’t worry, the kids won’t be left out. Santa will be around to visit with kids. In addition, there will be a separate drop with candy and trinkets just for them.
“I always find something new to look at when I wander in and out of the stores, and I am a strong believer in shopping locally whenever possible. For me, the biggest factor is the personal touch from the business owners and employees,” Engel said. “They are always willing to help me find exactly what I am looking for or make suggestions for alternatives. My hope is that the people who win these prizes will visit the stores and see for themselves what makes McPherson special.”
Businesses that provided prizes include:
Nex-Tech Wireless, Main Street Deli, Hopp’s Sound, Domino’s Pizza, Artshirt-Gear for Sport, Integrity Salon & Spa, The Well, Clayworks, Twice Told Tales, CK Pharmacy, Venable Jewelers, Brooklyn & Co, The Village Geek, The Stone Chimney, Creative Hairlines Spa Salon, Sunflower Mercantile, Tesori Boutique, The Bookshelf/The Hidden Closet, Home State Bank, Simply Good Overstocks, Stupka Chiropractic, Graber Ace Hardware, McPherson College, Brown’s Shoe Fit Co, The Cook’s Nook