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Seventh Girls Night Out is just days away

Get ready to shop ‘til you drop.

The seventh annual Girls Night Out event in Brookhaven is Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m.

The Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, along with 31 shops and restaurants, will participate in this year’s event.

Chamber Program Director Katie Nations is expecting another great turnout.

“It’s just a fun time. I love seeing all of our participating retailers having their parking lots and stores full,” Nations said.

Tickets are on sale at all participating stores and restaurants and the Chamber.

On Monday, purchasers can start redeeming their tickets for a Girls Night Out coupon book and an official GNO T-shirt and tote bag for shopping.

The coupon book includes a dining voucher worth $10 that can be redeemed at participating restaurants Thursday through Saturday. In addition, shoppers can turn in their completed tickets at the Chamber to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win up to $100 to spend at the participating retailer of their choice.

The Girls Night Out event continues to evolve over the years and draws people from out of town to Brookhaven, Nations said.

“You used to just pick up a box dinner and get a T-shirt,” she said. “This year there will be eight restaurants participating. Last year there were six.”

Nations said that as participation grows for the annual event, more people are seeing what Brookhaven has to offer.

“With more people participating, we have seen an increase in people coming to Brookhaven to shop and eat,” she said. “Last year, we had people from Jackson, Meridian, Vicksburg and Hammond. It’s a great event to draw people into our town and see what we have to offer.”

Tickets are $20 before Thursday and $25 on the day of the event.

“For people that don’t like to shop, we’ve had people buy the ticket for the 5K race we’re putting on Saturday,” said Tourism Director Jillian Sicks.

The race is a new addition to the event.

“This is another way to promote our local stores and see the revenue come back to our city,” Nations said. “I would like to see it turn into a weekend-long event at some point.”