For all who have a sweet tooth and like to shop local, the first annual Chocolate Crawl is coming to Prineville in less than one week.
Sponsored by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, the Chocolate Crawl will be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 11-13. The event includes 11 participating businesses, complete with sweet treats and opportunities for some great raffle prizes at the end of the event.
Kim Daniels, director for the chamber, said that the event began with an idea from another chamber of commerce.
"We are part of a pretty large group of chamber professionals across the nation, so we are always looking at what other chambers are doing and how they are doing it," Daniels explained. "We saw this idea come up from another chamber."
She added that they have also helped other chambers by sharing their ideas of projects that have been successful as well.
"The great thing that we are learning is we have made a lot of friendships with different chambers across the nation. We are all working together to try and keep our communities going, so we have got some great ideas and made some phenomenal friendships along the way," she added.
Daniels noted that their office researched several of the communities where they had conducted the Chocolate Crawl.
"That is how we decided to go about doing it in Prineville."
They did not want businesses to pay to take part, however, especially the chamber members.
"Our job as a chamber for our member businesses is to do things for them, and so we made it free for our members, and there is a minimal cost for non-members to take part," Daniels said.
They will be charging for community participants to buy a passport, which consists of a postcard to be stamped each time visitors go inside participating businesses. The passports will cost $5, which will cover the costs of organizing and coordinating the event—but it will also give participants an opportunity to win prizes from a raffle at the end of the event.
"There will be some pretty large raffle prizes available to the winners—the people who get their passport filled out and turned in—but also on top of that, any extra proceeds that we have from it, we are going to be trying to give back to some of our local businesses who are struggling."
She indicated that they are not sure what that will look like yet, but they really want to give back to the business community.
Some of the businesses will be offering items such as chocolate-covered candy bacon and handmade chocolates. Participants can buy as many passports as they would like, and for each business attended, there will be a chocolate treat. All passports turned in to the chamber after the event will be entered into the raffle.
"We haven't really had a winter event," said Daniels. "We have tried a few things, but it hasn't stuck, but this is perfect for COVID. By doing it over a three-day period, it helps us cut down on not having too many people in our businesses."
Passports must be turned in by Friday, Feb. 19—which is the date that names will be pulled and drawn for raffle prizes.
Sponsored by Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce
Passports available at the chamber and participating businesses
Passports: $5 for a chance at a number of raffle prizes, due back to chamber by Feb. 19
Participating Prineville businesses:
F5 Smokehouse, 240 NE Fourth St.
The Vintage Cottage, 341 N. Main St.
Clothes Encounters, 320 N. Main St.
Your Roundup, 245 NW Harwood St.
The Posie Shoppe, 127 NW Third St.
Meandering Maker, 266 SE Idlewood St.
Sweet Willow & Company, 233 NW Third St.
Bayberry Lane, 341 N. Main St.
American Family Insurance, 298 NW Third St.
Shut Up N' Drink, 1500 NE Third St.
Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce, 185 NW 10th St.
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