Chocolate Festival set for March 7

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By Traci Chapman

A month later but not any less sweet, say the organizers of Mustang Library’s annual Chocolate Festival.

Set for Friday, March 7, the festival will feature tastings and chocolate treats for people to purchase for themselves or as gifts. There is still time for anyone wishing to participate in the festival as a vendor to get on board, said Nancy Keiser, Chocolate Festival event chair. Because of inclement weather, this year’s festival is being held a month later than its traditional early February scheduling.

“Businesses, civic groups and individuals who are interested in having a table at the festival should contact me as soon as possible,” Keiser said. “It is a fun community event that benefits the Mustang Public Library.”

Tables are provided at no charge, and Friends of the Mustang Library will provide tablecloths, Keiser said. The festival will be held in Town Center’s newly expanded banquet hall.

In addition to chocolate tastings and gifts, those participating will vie for awards, and a silent auction will be held to benefit the library.

“Awards will be given for Most Unique Chocolate, Best Tasting Chocolate and Best Decorated Table,” Keiser said.  “Winners will be chosen by popular vote and announced before the end of the evening.”

It is not too late to make a donation to the silent auction. To do so contact Tawni Phelan at tawni@tawniphelan.com, Keiser said.

“The silent auction will have all kinds of great prizes, such as limousine rides, hotel packages and more,” she said.

Proceeds from the festival will be used to purchase equipment and hire instructors for the library’s computer training lab, a part of the newly constructed education room, made possible by a recent bond election. Library computer classes are always free to the public, Keiser said.

“Over the years, the Friends have purchased public computer workstations, laptops for the computer training lab, software and books for the library,” Keiser said. “The community can come and enjoy a wonderful chocolate festival and support free, educational programming at the Mustang Public Library.”

The festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 7. Keiser said in years past, $8 would purchase six treats; this year, $8 will pay for eight treats. Anyone wishing to use a credit or debit card in the silent auction or to buy tickets may do so, she said.

For more information about the festival, contact Keiser at 376-6071 or via email at mustangchocolatefest@gmail.com.