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Win $200 from Valley Hi Toyota’s Guess the Score contest

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Are you ready for some football? Valley Hi Toyota is having another contest!

For the past 4 years, the Victorville dealership has been giving away a prize just by guessing the final score to the Super Bowl. This year is no different. The Big Game on Sunday draws about 100 million people viewers on television and digital media. 

“Super Bowl LIII is a big deal and everyone has their opinion as to who is going to win and what the score will be. In fact, the estimated amount of money gambled on the game will be around 6 billion dollars; so people think they know something,” chuckled Creative Director from Valley Hi Toyota, Brian Ortega.

This year’s prize is a $200 gift card to Target. “It’s a practical gift where you can spend it on yourself spend it on others,” said GM Todd Stokes. “I personally am pulling for the home team, the LA Rams to win, and I think they have what it takes.”

Instead of counting the numerous guesses in the comments section of a Facebook post after the game, Ortega created a chatbot on Facebook Messenger who will do the heavy lifting. “It takes a long time to rummage through the thousands of comments.” The bot will be turned off a 12 pm on Sunday. One guess per person. 

To engage the Messenger bot for the contest you must type, “YES” in the video post on the Valley Hi Toyota Facebook page where Ortega is talking about the Super Bowl. The bot will ask you who will win and what the score will be. “I encourage you to confirm you Like the page and turn on notifications for future contests, like the next Used Car Giveaway,” said Ortega. “Also, join the Valley Hi Toyota Friends group page for exclusive content and contests.” 

Want a Super deal on a new Toyota? You can show up to your Super Bowl party in style. Lease a 2019 Toyota Corolla for as low as $199/mo., a 2019Toyota Tacoma for as low as $259/mo., or get $1,250 cash back on all remaining 2018 Rav4 inventory. 

Looking for a Used Car special instead? Check out a 2009 Camry with low mileage for only $9,995, a hard to find 2016 Scion tC Coupe now only $15,993, or a 2016 Honda Accord Sport for only $19,995. 

If you don’t want to spend time going to the dealership at, you can try the Valley Hi Toyota Express Purchase online store, where they will even deliver the vehicle to you. 

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2020 High Desert Book Festival in Hesperia Cancelled due to COVID-19

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HESPERIA, Calif. — Wordsmith Productions has confirmed that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it has cancelled the 2020 High Desert Book Festival, which was to be held on Saturday, September 26th at Hesperia Civic Plaza Park.

This would have been the second consecutive year of the book festival’s co-sponsorship with Hesperia Recreation & Park District and the City of Hesperia. Registered exhibitors have been refunded, and all presenters notified. International bestselling author Anne Perry was scheduled to appear.

“We are following the best practices of cautionary regulations against large gatherings during these troubled times,” said Wordsmith CEO Davida James. “We are very proud of our partnership with the park district and city, and it is our intention to announce a date in a few months for the 2021 High Desert Book Festival.”

Wordsmith Productions is working on transitioning to a virtual festival this year and encourages people to follow them on Facebook or visit the website at: highdesertbookfest.org

“We are still committed to making this book festival a destination event for San Bernardino County, and we welcome the public’s support in achieving that goal,” James said. “In the meantime, we hope everyone remains safe.”

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Victorville Hyundai to host Virtual Sidewalk Chalk Event

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Victorville Hyundai and several local businesses band together to bring fun to the High Desert community.
Victorville Hyundai and several local businesses band together to bring fun to the High Desert community.

VICTORVILLE, Calif. Victorville Hyundai announced today they are hosting a virtual sidewalk chalk contest to the theme “Summer Road Trip” to kick-off the Fourth of July holiday! 

Victorville Hyundai along with Red Dragon Karate Apple Valley, Tonyan Coffee, Generations Hair Salon, and Texas Roadhouse Hesperia is set to host a one-of-a-kind virtual event to support and bring a positive and light atmosphere to the community while we safely social distance.  

“The strength of the High Desert community is unmatched!  After such a rough couple of months for everyone, we wanted to host an event that could lighten the atmosphere and give people something to celebrate,” says Stephanie, Marketing Director at Victorville Hyundai Mazda Genesis.  

Beginning June 27th through July 3rd, high desert residents are asked to “Chalk it Up!” and transform their sidewalks, porches, and back patios into works of art.  

Prizes include:

  • Gift Certificates and uniquely created prize packs from Red Dragon Karate Apple Valley, Tonyan Coffee, Generations Hair Salon, Texas Roadhouse Hesperia, and Ameriprise Financial- Martin E. Brander’s Office. 
  • Grand Prize for General Participants includes: $150 + Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet + FREE Oil Change + 25% off your next major car service with Victorville Hyundai*
  • Grand Prize for Small Business Owners includes: $250 + FREE Oil Change + 25% off your next major car service with Victorville Hyundai*

This event kicks off Saturday, June 27th and will accept entries through July 3rd.  For more information, visit https://bit.ly/vvhyundaisidewalkchalk

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Town of Apple Valley to host fireworks, cancels Freedom Festival and Sunset Concerts

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Town to host fireworks, cancels Freedom Festival and Sunset Concerts

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. — The Town of Apple Valley has canceled this year’s Sunset Concert Series and the Freedom Festival due to public health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the cancelation of the well-attended events, a July 4th fireworks show will go on.

“We’ve gotten so many inquiries as to whether or not there would be fireworks that we just couldn’t imagine an Independence Day without them,” said Mayor Scott Nassif. “Of course, it will be different this year in order to maintain social distance measures, but we would rather celebrate our freedom without the festival than to not celebrate at all.”

Per state guidelines, large-crowd events such as festivals, concerts and live sporting events are still yet to reopen due to their higher-risk of potential COVID-19 spread. Those events will hopefully resume later this summer.

In order to balance the tradition of pyrotechnics with the safety protocols of the pandemic, the fireworks will be staged at Brewster Park, which will be gated and locked to prevent on-site viewing. Residents will be encouraged to view the show from their homes. 

Should spectators choose to see the show closer, they will be encouraged to view from the safety of their vehicle in an open space area. Spectators are urged to obey all traffic laws and to refrain from parking on private property.

The 18-minute firework spectacular is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. with patriotic music simulcast on 106.5 The Fox radio station.

As a reminder, fireworks are prohibited in Apple Valley and subject to a $1,000 fine.

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