With several of Scott County’s largest retailers planning “Black Friday” sales, shoppers are gearing up for the year’s busiest shopping weekend.

Despite a Nielsen survey that found only 13 percent of Americans plan to take part in Black Friday shopping, down from 17 percent last year, the event — which will actually begin today (Thursday) — still generates plenty of anticipation.

Walmart is one of 10 major retailers kicking off Black Friday on Thanksgiving. All Walmart stores, including the Oneida supercenter, will open at 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Among other big-ticket offerings by Walmart Thursday evening, according to the retailer’s advertisements, are 60-inch Vizio televisions for $688, 32-inch 720p definition LED televisions for $98, and the iPad Mini for $299 with a $100 store gift card.

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Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.