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County Executive Calvin Ball Hands Out Holiday Vouchers in Old Ellicott City

December 18, 2019

Media Contact: 
Scott L. Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412

ELLICOTT CITY – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and Howard County Tourism are offering an extra incentive to shop in Old Ellicott City (OEC) this holiday season, bringing back the OEC Holiday Bucks program for the second year. The program is also in partnership with Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Howard County Economic Development Authority, and Ellicott City Partnership.

“The businesses and residents of Ellicott City have shown incredible resilience and continue to thrive. We’ve seen nearly 30 businesses open or reopen on Main Street just this year," said Ball. "With the Holiday Bucks program, we’re inviting you to visit your old favorites, come see what's new in Old Ellicott City this holiday season and be an engaged part of this community." 

The program will provide 1,500 $10 vouchers redeemable at participating restaurants, shops, and service providers within the Old Ellicott City historic district. The vouchers must be applied toward a purchase of $20 or more and are valid from December 19 – 31st while supplies last. 
The Holiday Bucks will coincide with Ellicott City partnership’s “Shop Local, Shop Late” event also taking place on December 19, 2019. Participating stores in Old Ellicott City will be open late that evening.

For more information on the Holiday Bucks visit or call at 410-313-1900.

Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive
Amanda Hof, Visit Howard County
Alicia Jones-McLeod, Ellicott City Partnership

Old Ellicott City Holiday Bucks Kick-Off

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Howard County Welcome Center 
8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD

About Visit Howard County
Visit Howard County (501c6 not-for-profit) is recognized by Howard County Government and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development as the official Destination Marketing Organization for Howard County, Maryland and funded by a legislated 2% of the county hotel tax, allocated through Howard County Government. Visit Howard County’s mission is to be the lead organization to market and develop the County as a premier leisure and business travel destination.