Ponoka Chamber prepares for Almost Midnight Madness

Planners with the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce are preparing for the biggest shopping night of the year in Ponoka.

Irene Rausch gets a helping hand from Flowers For You employee MacKenzy Hatala during last year’s Almost Midnight Madness sale event in Ponoka.

Planners with the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce are preparing for the biggest shopping night of the year in Ponoka.

Almost Midnight Madness is set for Friday, Nov. 20 and and hopes are that it will bring in hundreds of consumers to Ponoka stores looking for the best deals out there. In preparation of the big night, Les Jaster, executive manager with the chamber, says there are special promotions with the Passport to Christmas program.

“The day of Almost Midnight Madness is double stamp day,” said Jaster.

Those familiar with the passport know there are squares valued at $10 each and every time a person spends that much at a participating store, they receive a stamp. For midnight madness consumers will receive double the stamps for every $10 they spend.

There is a $1,500 gift prize to spend at merchants participating in the passport program. There are also prizes valued at $25, a $200 IGA gift card and a $100 gift card from Ponoka Live. To be eligible, consumers need to drop off their completed passports in specially marked boxes that Jaster collects. He will pick a random winner out of all the collected passports on Dec. 18.

The passport program has proved to bring in quite a large amount of money for a community of this size. Last year 14,000 passports were printed and Jaster says 60 per cent of them were filled. “This is big stuff in Ponoka, it usually goes really well.”

“Last year we tracked $1.8 million in sales,” he added.

Another incentive with the program is what Jaster calls “cut and paste” where shoppers can bring incomplete books to a participating merchant. If a person has enough squares in several passports to complete one, the merchant will cut and paste them together and get rid of the unused portion of the passport.

The reason behind the incentive, said Jaster, is it gives planners an opportunity to garner more information on the dollars spent in town.

Preparations are underway for the big night, which will once again feature a visit from Santa Claus, with gifts for kids, in a fire truck. There will also be a Christmas tree lighting but the location is yet to be determined.

 

Just Posted

Kittens rescued after allegedly being tossed from vehicle

Couple finds abandoned kittens new home through Facebook

Semi collides with vehicle on Highway 2

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a call on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Standing room only at Ponoka Legion Remembrance Day ceremony

Strong support for Remembrance Day shown by Ponoka residents.

Ponoka based team ropers add CFR crown to their world championship

Simpson, Buhler storm back to win Canadian championship; Green beats Thurston in saddle bronc

Inmate at Bowden Institution dies

Corrections Canada continues to investigate circumstances surrounding death

Dead boy’s father posts Facebook response after Appeal Court upholds conviction

David, Collet Stephan were found guilty in their son Ezekiel’s 2012 death from bacterial meningitis

Bank of Canada cautious of future rate hikes

The Bank of Canada remains cautious on future rate hikes due to low- inflation risk

London theatre received allegations against Kevin Spacey

The theatre said Thursday the 20 allegations deal with incidents between 1995 and 2013.

Da Vinci’s Christ painting sells for record $450M

The painting, “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “Savior of the World,” is one a few paintings by Leonardo known to exist

Loblaws closing 22 stores, launching home delivery ahead of ‘difficult year’

“We are excited about our future. But…we expect 2018 will be a difficult year,” said Galen G. Weston, Loblaw CEO.

Ban moves ahead in B.C. against same real estate agent for buyer and seller

New real estate consumer protection rules to take effect in March

Indigenous youth deaths preventable, B.C. coroner says

Trauma, mental illness, drugs and alcohol major factors

Walk of Fame bash celebrates David Suzuki, Donovan Bailey, Anna Paquin

Suzuki says he’ll be thinking of his late parents as he accepts the honour

Most Read