Girls’ Night Out, sponsored in the spring and fall for a couple of years by Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce and Pratt Travel and Tourism has been successful — Chamber Executive Director Jan Scarbrough has been getting calls asking, “when is it going to be?"


Girls’ Night Out, sponsored in the spring and fall for a couple of years by Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce and Pratt Travel and Tourism has been successful — Chamber Executive Director Jan Scarbrough has been getting calls asking, “when is it going to be?”

The answer — all next week, in an expanded format.

This year’s promotion is called March Mania: Passport to Pratt. A sweet 16 businesses are participating and some will be open late on Thursday, keeping with the model of past promotions. Others will be open just their regular hours, but will have special sales or drawings throughout the week. Some merchants will donate a portion of their sales to a local charity.

To find out who’s doing what, pick up a passport booklet at any participating business or the Chamber of Commerce office at 114 N. Main, Scarbrough urged.

“The merchants who have done Girls’ Night Out wanted to try something different; give people a full week and offer specials all week,” she explained. “We hope patrons will like this change and enjoy a week of a little shopping, a little fun and some March mania.”

Scarbrough also noted that March Mania is not just for women; several merchants offer plenty of items of interest to men, and in the shops she admits are “a little girly,” a guy may find the perfect gift.

Holders of fully stamped passports that are turned in by the end of the day on April 1 are eligible for Chamber of Commerce certificates of $150, $100 or $50. The drawing will be held on April 4 and winners will be notified by telephone.

The Passport to Pratt theme will be carried throughout the summer with various activities, including the traditional sidewalk sale.