SHAMOKIN - Ticket sales will continue today, Friday and a few hours Saturday morning for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro convertible being raffled by The Fifth Ward Parade Committee as part of Shamokin's 150th anniversary celebration.

The winning ticket will be drawn at 10 a.m. Saturday and the winner will be named the grand marshal of the grand parade, which will roll off from Shamokin and Willow streets at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The winner does not have to be present at the drawing to win the car.

However, the winner can designate someone else to take his or her place in the parade; it is not required that the winner drive or ride in the car or otherwise participate in the parade.

If someone other than the winner drives the car, an effort will be made to produce a banner to hang on the car listing the name of the winner.

Also, the winner will owe nothing for the car - taxes or otherwise.

The committee was hoping to sell 7,000 tickets at $10 each to raise $70,000 to pay for the car and put the rest toward parade expenses, which are considerable. As of Wednesday, sales had not come close to 7,000, organizers said, but the cost of the car is at least covered. And, they note, the lower ticket sale numbers means better odds for those who have or will purchase tickets.

But the sales effort does continue. Here are some other details about the Camaro tickets:

- Tickets have been collected from some sale sites, but they will be available today at The News-Item, 707 N. Rock St., during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will also be available at the Citizens Fireworks Inc. and Citizens for a Better Community fireworks sales location across Rock Street from The News-Item today and Friday.

- Tickets are also still being sold at the 150th anniversary headquarters, next to Susquehanna Bank's east branch on Independence Street. That office is staffed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Friday.

- Tickets will be sold starting at 8 a.m. Saturday up until near the time of the drawing, which will take place on a stage constructed along Independence Street near Susquehanna Bank.

Other 150th notes

Zyla prints: Greg Zyla, son of Michael Zyla, the late Shamokin artist, will be selling his father's prints at the fireworks store from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and after the parade on Saturday. The classic prints include "Fuhrmann & Schmidt Brewery, "Independence Street Crossing," "Matinee Memories," "Passing the Torch" and "Last Train From Shamokin."

Looker to perform: Among the bands set to perform Friday night at the reviewing stand near Wendy's is Looker. The band's name was previously incorrectly reported by organizers as Lookout. Looker will be joined that night by Bunky Hendricks, performing from 6 to 10 p.m., and Miss Pennsylvania Amanda Smith will be welcomed to the city that night, although a time is not yet established for her arrival. Smith will draw the winning ticket for the Camaro Saturday morning and participate in the parade.