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The 2017 Candy Cane Cash promotion hosted by McPherson Chamber of Commerce and McPherson Main Street resulted in impressive numbers. With 24 member businesses participating, holiday shoppers were awarded a stamp for every $10 spent in the stores. Each time a shopper earned five stamps, the individual was entered in the drawing for two shopping sprees valued at $1,000 and $500. "We were excited to be able to add an additional $1,000 to the prize fund this year and hope that helped generate more local shopping," said Ann Engel, McPherson Main Street director. Engel also noted the overall report from local retailers was positive with some stating this was the best shopping season in many years.Registration forms totaled 7,570 and represented $50 each with a total of $378,500 spent locally during the Christmas season in the 24 participating stores. "This year has surpassed all previous years Candy Cane Cash dollar figures," said Jennifer Burch, McPherson Chamber of Commerce director. "Not only were the sales up, but registrations were recorded from 105 Kansas communities and 11 different states, which was also an increase from previous years totals."The winners of the 2017 Candy Cane Cash, Jerri Kaufman and Amy Young, will be able to spend their cash at the 24 participating businesses.