PITTSBURG — While the big box stores may rule Black Friday, businesses in downtown Pittsburg have plans for their own deals and promotions this weekend.

Small Business Saturday is a shopping holiday which encourages people to shop at small, local businesses on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. This year, participating businesses in downtown Pittsburg will have special deals and give shoppers an opportunity to win prizes.

Folks shopping in downtown Pittsburg Saturday can pick up a Small Business Saturday Passport at Spigarelli Law Firm. Getting the passport stamped or signed at participating businesses will enter shoppers to win prizes. The promotion takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s a great event, particularly at the beginning of the holiday season,” Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson said. “It’s a real opportunity to showcase what local businesses can offer year round to the community.”

Saturday will also present an opportunity to showcase downtown businesses to more than just the community. Pittsburg State University is hosting the Kansas High School Football 5A State Championship Saturday between Bishop Carroll High School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School, from Wichita and Overland Park, respectively.

“It’s also an opportunity to showcase why we are a retail destination to the state through those families coming in from Kansas City and Wichita,” Benson said. “I know Devin Gorman from the Convention and Visitors Bureau has been in contact with athletic directors from those schools and provided them with information on Small Business Saturday to give to those families.”

Bringing a receipt from a local business to Wesley House between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. will earn shoppers a free raffle ticket during the Pittsburg Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner.

Small Business Saturday was first celebrated in the U.S. in November 2010. The first event was sponsored by American Express, and was created to run in conjunction with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which focus on big box stores and e-commerce.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.