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POLSON — An effort to encourage local shopping at Christmastime resulted in more than 700 community members participating in the Polson Business Community holiday promotion, according to Jackie Cripe, co-owner of Jackie M’s Footwear. 

The PBC asked shoppers to save their receipts from downtown businesses. When they had spent $250, shoppers could enter a drawing for one of four holiday gift boxes. 

This is the PBC’s third year for this promotion, which grew from 100 participants the first year. 

Another holiday event the PBC sponsored was sky lanterns on New Year’s Eve. Area residents could buy a lantern for $5, write a message on it for good luck in 2015 or scribble a remembrance note of someone who has gone before, and then send it into the sky. The funds raised went to Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, and the PBC sold all their 160 lanterns. Next year they plan to have 400 lanterns, Cripe said. 

Now the PBC’s sights are set on the Flathead Cherry Festival held each July plus other downtown business events.

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