On Nov. 7-9, Newton was a busy place with people running from business to business in search of the next puzzle piece in hopes of winning the grand prize of $500 in gift certificates and cards from participating merchants.

Many of the locations were decorated for Christmas and had delicious holiday treats to share. This event is one of the four events that are part the Chamber’s contract with the City of Newton.

The following businesses participated in the event: Alexander’s Jewelry, Anderson’s Book & Office Supply, Book ReViews, Carriage Factory Gallery, Clayworks Gallery, Creation Station, Designs by John, Faith & Life Bookstore, Flowers by Ruzen, Hall’s Culligan, Harvest Greenhouse, Kitchen Corner, Living Rooms by Gayle, Marshall Furniture, Miller Insurance Agency, Newton Et Cetera Shop, Newton Public Library, Newton Recreation Commission, Orscheln, Prairie Harvest, Rohr Jewelry and Sears Hometown Store.

The Chamber received 102 completed puzzle boards, with people from 14 towns in Kansas participating: Newton, Hesston, North Newton, Peabody, Elbing, Whitewater, Sedgwick, Canton, Bel-Aire, Hillsboro, Wichita, Valley Center, Halstead and Hays. Chris Frazier was the winner of the $500 grand prize and Lori Hein won the $150 second prize.