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Hi Independence Main Street Friends:
This Nov 24, we want to share Small Business Saturday® with you! It's a holiday shopping tradition, backed by American Express, that celebrates small businesses like ours. And it wouldn't be a celebration without customers like you joining us.
So mark your calendar for Nov 24th — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — and get ready to Shop Small® with us. Grab a friend or family member and come #shopsmall #shoplocal on the big day.
You can help get the word out and celebrate Small Business Saturday by using #ShopSmall on Facebook, Instagram, and all your social networks.
Thank you for all your support, and we'll see you Saturday, Nov 24th!
INDEPENDENCE MAIN STREET
Neewollah celebration (Halloween spelled backwards) began in 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community of Independence, Kansas. In the beginning the events centered on parades, morning, afternoon, and night on October 31. The parades consisted mainly of decorated cars and carriages. Queens and princesses from area festivals rode in the parades, along with our own Queen Neelah who was selected based on votes bought at a penny each. The Great Depression and World War II interrupted the Neewollah celebration but in 1958 four businessmen revived and elaborated on the Neewollah theme bringing it back as a 3-day celebration.
Today Neewollah is the largest annual celebration in Kansas. The city of Independence will grow from a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants to 75,000 in the final days of the now 10-day celebration. Today's celebration now includes 3 parades, a Doo Dah Parade (adult Kiddie Parade), a Kiddies Parade and a Grand Parade. Chili Cook-off, a hometown musical and queen's pageant also add to the festival activities. The main downtown is filled with 30 plus food vendors, a large carnival and bandstand for nightly entertainment. The Arts and Craft show, Great Pumpkin contest along with the Band Competition, Fun Run and Chili Cookoff provide activities for everyone. Great Bandstand Entertainment bring a conclusion to the diligent efforts of over 500 community volunteers.
Grab your mom, sisters and friends and Sip and Shop the evening away as you unwind after a long day of work. Participating retailers will offer free drinks (various wines and non-alcoholic drinks) along the way! Main Street will be giving away wine glasses to the first 100 Sip n’ Shoppers to check in at Reflections Salon and Spa 107 N. Penn Ave.
Ane Mae’s Coffee & Sandwich House
Ane Mae’s Gifts & Goodies
Apricot Lane Boutique
Cantrell’s Fine Jewelry
Eclectix Art Gallery
Jim Hayward Fine Art
Magnolia Scents by Design
Newton’s True Value
Penn Avenue Styles
Reflections Salon & Spa
Saturday with My Sister
Sayers Ace Hardware and Gifts