VALE – Area shoppers will get the opportunity to jump ahead on holiday shopping Friday, Nov. 18, during the annual Moonlight Madness event.
The event, spearheaded by Malheur Drug, will offer deals at local stores and from a variety of vendors.
More than 20 vendors and businesses will participate in the event.
“It is an opportunity to get the best prices of the year,” said Jennifer Tolman, co-owner of Malheur Drug.
Tolman said Malheur Drug will offer special sales all day Nov. 18. Malheur Drug will offer 25% off on in-stock firearms, toys, games, sporting goods and select apparel.
While Malheur Drug will offer sales all day, many merchants will close then reopen for the nighttime shopping gala.
“Some businesses and vendors will be open until 10 p.m.,” said Tolman.
Now, there will be vendors at specific store locations in town such as Bixby’s Stopitoff Coffee, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Perk Beverage, the Emma Humphrey Library and Luzetta’s Flowers.
Malinda Castleberry, owner of Mal’s Diner, said her business plans to offer specials but isn’t sure yet what they will be.
Castleberry said the annual Moonlight Madness event is an important community event.
“We look forward to it every year. Everyone gets out and supports local. It’s great,” said Castleberry.
Tolman said the event began as a way to compete with Black Friday sales.
“We used to try to be open on Black Friday but people would just drive by us on the way to Ontario,” said Tolman.
Tolman said “most place will offer discounts on their items.”
“It is an opportunity to shop from vendors who maybe don’t have a storefront. So, gather up your friends, plan to eat at a local restaurant and make the walks around town and hit up all the great deals,” said Tolman.
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