Looking for a treat without the trick? Well look no further than www.thecherawchronicle.com, where, beginning at midnight Oct. 24, The Cheraw Chronicle’s latest online contest will kick off.
Just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, the Chronicle and its myriad advertising sponsors are hosting a virtual costume party and they are inviting everyone to join the fun.
“The online contests have been a huge hit in the past,” said General Manager Shannon Justice. “It’s a great way for our businesses and the community to come together, for the community to gather for some friendly competition and give people a chance to win some great prizes.”
There are currently four local businesses sponsoring different age brackets, and the entry with the most votes in their group will win a prize. Winning in your category will be a real treat. Much like the Cutest Kids Contest, advertising sponsors are offering prizes to the entry with the most votes in their category, the prizes for are valued at $115 from each category sponsor.
The infant/toddler group is being sponsored by Hospice of Chesterfield County and the Sunshine Shoppe , the five to 12 year old category is being sponsored by Crawford Furniture and Mattress Outlet. The adult category is being sponsored by Cheraw’s Merle Norman and Day Spa, and the group category will be sponsored by Kevin Lear on Main.
Winners are chosen by online visitors who will be allowed to cast votes — one per day — after the two-week entry period, which begins at October 24.
“Everyone needs to get ready, find that perfect costume, take a photo and enter this contest,” said John Douglas of Hospice of Chesterfield County.
Hospice and the Sunshine Shoppe are sponsoring the infant and toddler category, and offering a $120 gift certificate to the winner.
The contest begins at midnight, with the submission period running from Oct. 24 through Nov. 4. Then, on Nov. 5, voting begins. Participants have two weeks to cast votes, with each person able to vote once per day. All winners will be announced the week of Nov. 21.
Just like with other Chronicle and Advertiser contests, participants — whether entering, voting or viewing — must have a valid email address, which must be listed as they fill out the online form.
Justice offered thanks to the advertising sponsors for their participation and belief in the fun and advantages of the online contest, and urged residents to frequent those businesses and offer their thanks as well.
“Without our advertising partners, these contests, which so many love, simply wouldn’t be possible. I hope others will support them the way they support this community and these projects,” Justice said.
The main draw of the contest — other than the obvious costume competition itself — is the opportunity to begin promoting the start of what businesses hope will be a very good holiday sales season.