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Let the search for the five golden tickets commence in Vernon

Morning Star’s second Valley Vonka and the Golden Ticket contest in support of Jumpstart returns
Coldstream whimsical artist Nancy Vince has created the imagery for this year’s Morning Star Vernon Valley Vonka and the Hot Chocolates Factory’s golden ticket contest. (Nancy Vince)

Come with us, to discuss, a world of thousands of dollars in prizes.

And fabulous chocolate.

The Vernon Morning Star presents, for the second straight year, the Valley Vonka and the Hot Chocolates Factory contest, based on the popular book and movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

“It’s your golden ticket to imagination, adventure, and possibly prizes,” said Morning Star publisher Keith Currie.

The contest begins Thursday, April 25.

You can go into the Morning Star, Canadian Tire, Vernon Nissan, Freshco, and Printech, all in Vernon, and purchase Valley Vonka chocolate bars. Only 2,000 bars, created by Cotton’s Chocolates in Vernon, will be distributed and inside five of the bars will be a numbered golden ticket.

Each golden ticket will be valued between $600 and $1,500.

All golden tickets must be found and claimed by 4 p.m. Friday, May 17, and brought to the Morning Star offices for verification. The five lucky people finding golden tickets will be required to participate in a contest-ending event tentatively slated for Wednesday, May 22, at the Towne Theatre when the prizes will be awarded.

You do have to be 19 to claim a prize; however, if a youngster or child under 19 finds a golden ticket, they can transfer the ticket to their parent/guardian.

The prizes include:

• Hanging chair from Canadian Tire (value $600);

• A&W gift card (value $1,500);

• Freshco gift card (value $1,500);

• Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club passes (value $1,500);

• Towne Theatre Movie Package (value $1,500).

Total prize value is $6,600.

Proceeds from all chocolate bar sales in the Valley Vonka and the Hot Chocolates Factory contest will go to Jumpstart, a community organization that helps kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in support of inclusive play for kids of all abilities.

Cotton’s Chocolates is also sponsoring a colouring contest as part of Valley Vonka. The picture of Ogopogo, created by Coldstream artist Nancy Vince, is found on the back of this issue.

There are two age categories for the colouring event: Under 6 and six-to-12. Winners will receive chocolate for a year from Cotton’s Chocolates. Entries can be dropped off at the Morning Star offices by 4 p.m. May 17.

Vince is a whimsical artist who drew and painted the art for this year’s contest. The theme is Let’s Make Waves.

Vince learned painting techniques at Nadine’s Fine Arts in Vernon, and joined the Vernon Community Arts Centre, where she is a major contributor to their exhibitions.

You can reach out to Vince to discuss her ‘happy art’ at or check her website,

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Roger Knox

About the Author: Roger Knox

I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
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