Throughout this holiday season, I ventured down to Coupeville, WA to shop a couple of times. Each time that I spent $20.00 at a participating business, I was given a red ticket. It’s not hard to spend $20.00 in this cute, historic waterfront town. There are a several little galleries, gift shops and restaurants with plenty of opportunities to purchase unique and wonderful Christmas gifts.
The Red Ticket Drawing was started 5 years ago when the economy was sluggish and negatively affecting local businesses. It is part of a town promotion to encourage people to stay on the island and shop local during the holiday season. Similar events are held in Oak Harbor and Langley.
Today, despite the typical rainy Northwest winter weather, there was a great turn out. People gathered with their stacks of red tickets and stood around the steps of the Island County Historical Museum in Coupeville, WA, hoping to win a drawing for $1000.00 and 3 chances to win $100.00. The drawing required the winner to be present. There were 4 lucky winners with the 1st $100.00 winner donating his prize to the local food bank.
I was not one of the lucky winners :(, but enjoyed the festivities.