Carthage, IL – Carthage merchants are expecting more than 200 red-hatted shoppers next week. The Chamber of Commerce is working with the Red Hat society on an afternoon of shopping and local history. Economic Developer Brenda Pyatt says some local members of the society attended a similar shopping / history event in Elmwood and thought the concept would work in Carthage. The Oct. 11 event will begin with a luncheon, move to shopping on the square and include tram tours of Carthage historical sites. Pyatt says the success will be measured in part by how many people sign up for the day. She says merchants will also hand out coupons good on future trips to Carthage. She says seeing how many of those are turned in will also help rate the promotion.