What a neat idea! A chocolate festival just before Easter is a great marketing tool, and vendors turned out in droves with chocolate of every kind. It was a wild, windy, rainy and even flooding day, but McCoy's Conference Center in Ripley was packed. What else was there to do anyway? No one could cut grass, work in gardens, go fishing, play ball or golf or any of the myriad of other springtime weekend activities. Might as well eat chocolate, right?
Thank goodness we'd eaten a big breakfast at the Downtowner before heading to the festival, or we might have been in serious diet trouble. The first thing I saw when we went in was this booth:
The place was packed:
I'm sure the vendors were happy about the crowd, and everyone seemed to having a good time. We heard some chocolate songs,
and even the mayor got into the act.
These were the biggest hit with our family:
This was one of the most surprising booths--tables filled with inedible chocolate and other foods. It all looked so ready I had to touch it to be sure it was fake, er, faux. This, according to Abby, is the ultimate diet chocolate.
The facepainter at the festival was amazing, turning out an array of faces that were works of art. These young people posed for a photo with their mother's permission:
There was much, much more. My camera battery decided to die about this time, and we were chocolated out anyway, so we went home with our bags of treats and a sweet taste in our mouths from this fun festival.