JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Parade goers in Jamestown this weekend will have another fun activity to participate in to spread holiday cheer, as they cast their ballots as part of a window decorating contest.
“But we’re doing a window decorating contest where we asked any business within the 14701 zip code they can decorate for Christmas, be entered to win a couple of really great prizes. And it’s all done via texting, anybody can vote, doesn’t matter who you are,” says Jamestown Area Community Coordinator Carrie Swanson.
30 businesses are competing this year, and Chautauqua County’s Chamber of Commerce needs your help to vote for a winner. Voters can scan a QR code or text 866-993-0032 once per day until November 4.
“You can select the number or the name of the business that you would like to vote for. The full list I do have posted on Facebook on a post, I’m gonna share that again today and the pictures of the ones I have the next couple days,” says Swanson.
Swanson hopes that those attending the parade will use their downtime to check out the business around town.
“In the past when JRC used to run the window decorating contest they did marketing and those kinds of advertising opportunities for these businesses. Which sometimes is the thing that unfortunately gets, you got a budget and we all get that so we wanted to open that up and offer that for our competitors,” says Swanson.
The top windows will win free advertising, from several area media outlets including WNY News Now.
Off the tail of one of the most successful Small Business Saturday in recent history, the Chamber of Commerce also hopes this contest will bring new customers into local businesses.
“I really wanna encourage and we as a chamber especially want to encourage people to shop small all year,” says Swason. “It’s awesome at the holidays, but just remember when it comes time for Doors Open which is coming up soon or if you’re going out to Mayville to the Winter Festival, a few of our winter events that are coming up, remember to shop small and support those local businesses.”