There were more than 100,000 tickets in the 2020 Find it in AMAZING Forbes Christmas promotion, and $20,000 in prizes has been shared between the happy winners.
Forbes Business Chamber president Marg Duggan explained the Chamber had to re-imagine their local Christmas promotions in the lead up to December 25, and it sounds as if the response was wonderful.
The chamber reached out to businesses outside the central business district to see vacant shopfronts in the town centre decorated for the festive season, and were delighted by the enthusiastic response and creative displays.
Altogether, there were 37 entries in the very popular Christmas window competition.
"Elf in the Shop" was another initiative to provide a bit of fun in a season impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, and dozens of shoppers followed the clues to find 20 cheeky elves placed in local businesses.
Draws for shares in $20,000 in Why Leave Town shopping prizes started early this year and prizes were shared out.
Winners each collected from $500 to $5000 in prizes, with the major prizes drawn from the cement mixer down town on Christmas Eve in keeping with tradition.
Winners drawn on Christmas Eve (and where they picked up their winning ticket) included: Jenny Barratt - Little Extras; Michael Freshfield - Forbes Small Engines; Name withheld - Allure On Main; Kate Hilder - Gunn's Mensland; Joyce Seery - Flannery Pharmacy; Margaret Herbert - Flannery Pharmacy; Name withheld - Hozpots Garden Centre; Susan Stewart - Bernardi's; Rick Brett - Turners Furniture One; Mariana Tedder - Undercover Sleepwear; Heather Sauvignon - Cahill Footwear; Jane Gadsby - Cahill Footwear; Margaret Low - Bernardi's; Renee Dunn - Bernardi's.
The Business Chamber again thanks the sponsors and supporters of the promotion: major sponsor Forbes Shire Council; gold sponsor Evolution Mining Cowal; silver sponsors Bernardi's Marketplace and Carpet Court; bronze sponsors Undercover Sleepwear, Acheson's Mitre 10, Central West Diesel, Steel Technology, Michael Robinson & Co., Superbee Honey, C & D Floorcoverings, Flannery's Pharmacy, Loomzy's Fish N Fix, Kevin Miller, Whitty, Lennon and Co, Forbes Betta Home Living, Walkers Ag N Vet and MD Steel.