Shop Downtown Elko winners presented with DBA Bucks

People who won the Shop Downtown Elko contest during the holidays were presented their prizes this week.

Karen Schweer of Elko was the big winner. She received $500 in Downtown Business Association Bucks. Schweer said she “almost always” shops at local stores, but she was surprised at receiving the grand prize.

“I never win anything,” she said.

The other two winners were Ed Sarman of Lamoille, who received $300, and Valerie Alt with $200.

The contest ran throughout November and ended during the Snowflake Festival, said DBA Board member Jeannie Gillins. The DBA began the Shop Downtown program shortly after the Snowflake Festival began.

“It’s a great way to show people that there are a lot of vibrant, successful businesses that are worth shopping at,” said DBA President Jon Karr. “This helps introduce some people that may not have been downtown in awhile to get them in the doors and see what’s available down here.”

Usually the winners are drawn the first part of January, but the weather didn’t cooperate this year.

Karr and Gillins thanked the community for participating in the event.

“By shopping local you give those local merchants the chance to return that money to the community in the form of donations to Little League, to band, to the community concerts, to youth groups, to those types of things,” she said. “Without the support of the customers, it’s not possible for the merchants to make those kinds of donations.”

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