Buy Broken Arrow big success this year

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Updated: 12/18/2013 6:31 pm Published: 12/18/2013 5:05 pm

Broken Arrow officials said this year's Buy Broken Arrow program was a smashing success.

Stores participating in the buy-local program gave hundreds of thousands of additional tickets this year.

FOX23 found more than half a million tickets were given out at the Reasors on Kenosha, including the $10,000 winning ticket.

Each ticket represents $10 spent at the store, meaning the store brought in about $5.5 million into the Broken Arrow economy.

"We just had a few left actually, we were worried we were going to run out," said Jennifer Blanton with Buy Broken Arrow.

FOX23 learned about 2.4 million Buy Broken Arrow tickets were given this year.

"Overall it was a pretty good turnout, it was better than we expected," said Barrett Byrd, a merchant that participated in the campaign.

That many tickets means about $24 million was pumped into the Broken Arrow economy during the campaign.

"I wish it was still going on," said Byrd.

Byrd said it brought in more business.

FOX23 also learned the Full Moon Café in Broken Arrow ran out of its tickets even thought it was its first year in business.

Blanton said this year, her family's store gave double the number of tickets.

"I'm overwhelmed to be honest with you," said April Sailsbury, the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce vice president, after learning one store sold more than half a million tickets.

"So we attribute some of that to the weather, so thank you snow and ice for hitting Broken Arrow," said Sailsbury.

Sailsbury said this is the most successful year in the 19 years of the Buy Broken Arrow campaign.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/18/2013 6:07 PM
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Proponents of buy BA complained because Reasors is a bigger business than other businesses involved in the event.
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