They'll be giving out cold, hard cash on the streets of Montpelier Saturday-- Capital City Cash that is. They're gift certificates accepted at most local businesses.
The giveaway, put on by Montpelier Alive and the city of Montpelier, will total $7,500, with individuals receiving anywhere from $5 to $100. If spent downtown that day, shoppers will be eligible for a $500 grand prize.
"We'll have some tables here with some volunteer Santa handing out the envelopes of Capital City Cash. We're envisioning everybody is going to be congregating here, ready to receive their envelopes at 10 a.m. and then they'll disperse and go find that great something that they want to spend their Capital City Cash on," said Phayvanh Luekhamhan of Montpelier Alive.
Organizers say the cash infusion for Montpelier businesses is intended to help make up for the financial hit many retailers took last summer when streets and parking were closed because of construction. The Capital City Cash giveaway begins at 10 a.m. in front of Montpelier City Hall.