Highland Chamber’s Sweet Deal Days are Back – June 23 to 25


Hi this is Chris Swecker, with the Highland County Chamber of Commerce.  I’m here to talk to you today about Sweet Deal Days.  Sweet Deal Days is a program from the Highland County Chamber of Commerce where throughout our community Chamber members are providing special deals, discounts and even freebies at designated times during the year here in 2023 and our first one will be June 23 through the 25.  This coincides with the Highland County Arts Council’s Artists’ Weekend where they have artists coming in and painting beautiful scenery and then having a Wet Paint Show where you can review what the artists have painted through the weekend and purchase your own.  That will be on Sunday, June 25.

But for Sweet Deal Days, again, if you have a 2023 Highland County Maple Festival keychain you just show that at participating organizations and again you get a deal or discount that they are providing.  If you don’t have a keychain, you can purchase those from the Highland County Chamber between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.  We’re located at The Highland Center, just off Spruce Street in Monterey.  You can buy those for $5.  Also, some of our participating organizations, you can buy a keychain from them as well.    Those 63rd Highland County Maple Festival keychains from 2023 are black with white writing and on the back it says “Virginia is for Maple Syrup Lovers.”  Those are the only keychains that are accepted, so keychains from previous years and lifetime keychains are not accepted to receive the deals, discounts and freebees.

So, these are the types of deals that you will find June 23 through the 25, that’s Friday through Sunday:

Back Creek Farms will be providing 10% off everything in their gift shop, including their maple syrup, and that will be at their farm on Upper Back Creek Road.

Bluegrass Mercantile in Blue Grass will provide 50% off their daily specials Friday through Sunday.

Claire’s Cakes and Café right in downtown, Main Street, Monterey.  You can stop in there and get a free cup of drip coffee and 10% off the total order.

High’s Restaurant will provide 5% off any entrée.  If you order an appetizer with that entrée, you can get 10% off and if you order an appetizer and dessert with your entrée, you’ll get 15% off.

Now the Highland County Arts Council, being that it is Artists’ Weekend, they will have a special where  you will be entered into the following two raffles by showing your keychain.  The first raffle is for a 2024 Artists’ Weekend Registration and the second one is at the new 3rd Space storefront location in downtown Monterey, that will offer a free two-hour session with the artist of your choice in one of the four areas of art, where you can learn basketry, fiber art, painting or photography.

The Highland County Chamber will offer $5 off official Highland County Maple Festival long sleeved t-shirts and hats and that will take place on Friday, June 23, at The Highland Center.

The Monterey Inn, our newest lodging facility on Main Street, will provide 5% off any purchase from the souvenir store including maple syrup and local handmade soap, plus you’ll get a free tote with any purchase.

And Twice as Nice is a clothing thrift store that benefits the Highland Medical Center.  You can get one free item with a keychain on Friday and Saturday.

Our list of deals will be updated.  There may be even more opportunities available for you to show your keychain during the weekend of June 23 through 25.  You can find that information at www.highlandcounty.org/sweetdeal/  or give us a call at 540-468-2550

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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