It's a White County Christmas
.. a celebration honoring the small town traditions of the holiday season.
Shoppers find treasures in Carmi stores
Discover the magic of Christmas
CARMI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Carmi Chamber of Commerce is in the business of making smiles.
People want to live in a thriving community. Happiness is contagious. Events such as “It's a White County Christmas”show our commitment to building a happy, thriving, prosperous community.
We hope you'll join us
Make Memories to Last a Lifetime!
Disks with a copy of all the photos from this year's festival are available for $5 from the Carmi Chamber of Commerce. PICK UP ONLY. Call for more information at 382-7606.
Carmi retailers offer shoppers great products, great deals, great service and hometown charm
'Best Saturday in 10 years'
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Friday, Nov. 18 was the beginning of the downtown retailers' holiday offerings and sales. Several store owners saw good crowds on Friday, said Glenn Coleman, executive director of the Carmi Chamber of Commerce, which produces the annual Christmas festival, and even bigger crowds were present Saturday. In addition to shopping, residents were out to register for a chance to win a grand prize valued at more than $700. Jo Haley, who coordinated the retail Holiday Stroll contest, said many of the 11 "Stroll" stores ran out of contest entry sheets. More than 1,000 entry forms had been printed, she said.
One happy retailer was Tony Stein, owner of Stein's Flowers, who said he had "the best Saturday in 10 years."
"That's one of the things we hope to hear about the festival," Coleman said.
"Good local sales help retailers realize profit on their business but also mean local residents are pleased with the purchases they made."