Rigby encouraging businesses to work late for midnight madness

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Main street in Rigby | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

RIGBY — The Rigby Chamber of Commerce is asking business owners to keep their doors open until midnight Dec. 1.

“We try to get people to come to Rigby and shop. That was our goal when we first started this (years ago),” chamber President Teresa Anderson tells EastIdahoNews.com.

The annual Midnight Madness sale and Light Parade is Rigby’s big Christmas kickoff sale. Anderson says some businesses are having contests.

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Idaho Drug will be hosting an ice carving contest. Idaho Drug Co-Owner Ty Swensen says he will provide ice blocks for the first five people to call him when he posts on Facebook this weekend.

“They can bring whatever equipment they want to use to carve. We’ll give (the contestants) a half-hour to do it,” Swensen said.

Swensen says he will also have some tools on hand like hammers and chisels. The ice-carving contest will happen at 7:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to participants.

“It should be a fun time,” says Swensen.

Other businesses will be holding contests as well. The Jefferson Star is hosting a gingerbread house contest. A Christmas ornament contest will be happening at Main Street Stickers.

Two of Rigby’s biggest participants in Midnight Madness, Abbott’s and King’s, were shut down this year so construction could begin on a new Maverik gas station. Anderson says they will be missed at the event, but says they will be bringing in new vendors this year.

The parade kicks off the event at 6:30 p.m. It will begin in front of the old Junior high area on North 1st West and end on Clark Street. Santa Claus will be making an appearance at the parade, and will be available at Bennion Park afterward to meet the kids.

Businesses who would like to participate need to fill out an entry form, which must be submitted by Wednesday Nov. 29.

Contact Teresa Anderson at First American Title Company to obtain an entry form. Their number is (208) 745-8715 or email tanderson@gofirstfam.com.

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