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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Wyoming Chamber of Commerce--Staying Local Pays Off:
‘Shop Wyoming’ promotion recorded more than $110,000
in 2021 holiday sales taxes

(Above) Courtesy Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce. 
A pie chart shows purchases during the annual Shop Wyoming & Win promotion.

A record number of people participated in last year’s Shop Wyoming and Win contest. The local shopping promotion is conducted annually in November and December by the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

Participants submit shopping receipts from businesses within the county. They receive one drawing entry for every $50 of purchases.

A total of 1,164 people participated in this year’s contest, Chamber officials said in a news release. The receipts totaled more than $1.3 million, and generated estimated sales taxes of $110,181 while the contest was underway.

Other statistics included:

■ Fifty-one percent of participants were county residents, with 49 percent out-of-county and 1 percent unknown.

Of the out-of-county residents, 42 percent were from the Buffalo area; 29 percent were from Livingston County; 18 percent were from Genesee County; and 11 percent were from the Rochester area.

■ The greatest percentage of purchases were made in Warsaw, which accounted for 19 percent of sales.

That was followed by Attica at 15 percent; Perry at 13 percent; Arcade at 11 percent; Java at 7 percent; Bliss at 6 percent; Varysburg, Wyoming and Strykersville at 5 percent each; Silver Springs and Gainesville at 3 percent each; and Cowlesville, Pike and Strykersville at 1 percent each.

■ This year’s winners included Rebecca Goewey from Gainesville, who won a rocker recliner; Becky Biddle from East Aurora, who won a gas grill; Ken Deppen of Elma and David Turski of Attica, who separately won “Dine out Wyoming” gift packages.

The drawing of winners was conducted Feb. 8 at the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors meeting in Warsaw.

“On behalf of the Chamber and the community, we extend congratulations to all the winners of this year’s ‘Shop Wyoming and Win’ buy-local promotion,” said Chamber President Scott Gardner. “Thank you to the many businesses who participated this year with support and placing of drop boxes. We also thank everyone who shopped locally in Wyoming County, as it was critical to helping our local businesses this holiday season.”

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