There was a time when cruising down Front Street in your classy car was the best way to spend a starry night in Philipsburg.
The Main Street Program wants to help someone recapture those classic nights with a brand new car.
Main Street Manager Dana Shoemaker has coordinated her second car raffle.
The event started last year, with the economic development group chancing off a 2013 Chevy Sonic.
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This year, they are raising the cool stakes with their prize, a 2014 Chevy Camaro, provided with the help of Blaise Alexander Chevrolet Buick.
For just $10, you can get a ticket, a chance to win your seat behind the wheel of a dream ride.
It’s a small price to pay for car that has a sticker price of around $30,000.
It’s also not a lot to help a community.
Those tickets add up, $10 here, $10 there, and that becomes the money that markets Philipsburg as a place to do business. It helps coordinate events downtown. It helps bring grant money into local projects. It helps run programs that help downtown businesses, like the facade grants that offset some of the costs of improvements to shops and buildings.
Why is all of that important? Because the ride isn’t the same without the town.
That’s the difference between highway miles and city miles. You might not go 80 miles per hour, but you get to stop and smell the flowers planted on the corner while you wait at the light.
That $10 might win you the grand prize, but just buying the ticket helps Philipsburg be the real winner.
Lori Falce can be reached at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @LoriFalce.