Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Ed & Paula Palagyi from Conneaut, OH won over $3,000 in prizes
for Main Street Greenville’s Win the Window Contest.
GREENVILLE, Ohio- From November - December, those who shopped downtown Greenville earned tickets for a chance to win over $3,000 in merchandise and gift certificates through Main Street Greenville’s “Win the Window”contest.

"The contest was created as a fun way for our organization to encourage others to shop the locally-owned small businesses in our downtown during the holiday season," said Amber Garrett, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.

Participating businesses provided merchandise or gift certificates to place in Main Street Greenville’s office window, located in the Darke County Welcome Center. “We were blown-away when the participating businesses provided over $3,000 for the promotional event, but the businesses believed in the idea and wanted to be a part of it,” said Garrett.

Holiday shoppers received one ticket for every $5, up to single purchases of $1,000. The more a person would spend, the more entries that person received.

Last year’s contest tracked over $500,000 spent in the downtown district during the contest. This year, the contest generated over $684,000 of sales during the 30-day promotion.

“Based upon the excitement we saw last year, we felt we had a good chance at exceeding the amount, but we were thrilled to see that large of an increase in one year,” said Garrett.

Country Primitives, a locally owned home decor shop, saw a huge increase in their sales. “During the holiday season this year, our sales were up 50% from last year. I would attribute a large portion of that increase to the contest and the exposure we receive throughout the year from Main Street Greenville’s First Friday events.”

The drawing for the winning ticket took place the Friday before Christmas. Ed Palagyi’s ticket was selected as the lucky winner from a large 50-gallon bin, filled with over 136,800 tickets.

Ed and his wife, Paula, were in Greenville over the Thanksgiving holiday to visit family. During their visit from Conneaut, Ohio, they made their way downtown to do some shopping. Little did they know this decision would benefit them greatly in the near future.

Ed and Paula were both extremely excited to hear they won, “Please share our sincere gratitude to the downtown businesses and let them know we plan to keep a few of the items and will share the rest with friends and family over the holidays,” said Ed.

Second National Bank, the event sponsor for the second year in a row, was happy to see the contest kept our local businesses busy this holiday season. “It’s great to see so many shoppers supporting our local businesses. While filling out tickets it was fun listening to all the comments by shoppers on what they would do if their ticket was drawn and they won the contest,” said Vickie Wessling, Marketing Coordinator, Second National Bank.

Mark your calendar for this year’s event from November 15th - December 15th of 2016.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization and the contest on their website,, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at or 937-548-4998.

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