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2009-10-22 / Community News

Chocolate Lovers Festival


The Lexington Chamber of Commerce's Annual Chocolate Lovers Festival provides many modes of entertainment for those who attend. Above, a young competitor shimmies across a balance beam in one phase of the popular Fear Factor event that has many children participating in agility contests, as well as a bug-eating contest! The Lexington Chamber of Commerce's Annual Chocolate Lovers Festival provides many modes of entertainment for those who attend. Above, a young competitor shimmies across a balance beam in one phase of the popular Fear Factor event that has many children participating in agility contests, as well as a bug-eating contest! Young Grace Freeman (left) holds her Blue Ribbon, a First Place award for her special toffee bars, which she entered in the Youth Division of the Best Chocolate Dessert contest. Grace is pictured with her mom, Georgette, and her brother, Kyle. Young Grace Freeman (left) holds her Blue Ribbon, a First Place award for her special toffee bars, which she entered in the Youth Division of the Best Chocolate Dessert contest. Grace is pictured with her mom, Georgette, and her brother, Kyle. Young Lexington-ites enjoyed a stroll down Chocolate Alley, where they tasted several chocolate delicacies. Pictured are (left to right) Cameron Janda, Jordon Exner and Dylana Noack. Young Lexington-ites enjoyed a stroll down Chocolate Alley, where they tasted several chocolate delicacies. Pictured are (left to right) Cameron Janda, Jordon Exner and Dylana Noack. Lexington's Masons sold hamburgers outside their Lodge during Saturday's festival. Pictured are the cookers, from left to right: Reuel Cooper, Bill Campbell, Travis McPhaul and Jamie Wright. Lexington's Masons sold hamburgers outside their Lodge during Saturday's festival. Pictured are the cookers, from left to right: Reuel Cooper, Bill Campbell, Travis McPhaul and Jamie Wright. These Ladies from Blue had a booth featuring hand-made cards and jewelry at Saturday's festival. They are Margi Dobson, Millie Wester and Noelle Swartz. These Ladies from Blue had a booth featuring hand-made cards and jewelry at Saturday's festival. They are Margi Dobson, Millie Wester and Noelle Swartz. Taking a tour of the entries in this year's Best Chocolate Dessert and Cake entries are (left to right) Lorena Rackley, Kirsten Holtz, Leigh Kolacek and Henrietta Howard. Taking a tour of the entries in this year's Best Chocolate Dessert and Cake entries are (left to right) Lorena Rackley, Kirsten Holtz, Leigh Kolacek and Henrietta Howard. Stuart and Shane McHenry (left and center) stand beside one of their custom pickup trucks on display during the Classic Car Show held in conjunction with the Chocolate Lovers Festival. Visiting with the McHenrys is Lexington-ite George Shannon. Stuart and Shane McHenry (left and center) stand beside one of their custom pickup trucks on display during the Classic Car Show held in conjunction with the Chocolate Lovers Festival. Visiting with the McHenrys is Lexington-ite George Shannon. Peggy Caldwell, Pat Carey and Sharon Tucker take a short break at the rummage sale hosted by members of the Lexington Senior Citizen Center. Peggy Caldwell, Pat Carey and Sharon Tucker take a short break at the rummage sale hosted by members of the Lexington Senior Citizen Center. Ellissa, Ashleigh and Samantha (the dog) enjoyed shopping with the vendors at the Chocolate Lovers Fesitval. Ellissa, Ashleigh and Samantha (the dog) enjoyed shopping with the vendors at the Chocolate Lovers Fesitval. Emma Schneider, daughter of Candace and Monroe Schneider of Lexington, climbed high like an experienced climber on the great wall on Saturday. Emma Schneider, daughter of Candace and Monroe Schneider of Lexington, climbed high like an experienced climber on the great wall on Saturday. Kadarina Iselt looks as if she thinks she's not sure if her ride on a pony was a very good idea! Kadarina Iselt looks as if she thinks she's not sure if her ride on a pony was a very good idea! There were plenty of things for the kids to do on the Square during the Chocolate Lovers Festival. There were bounce houses - with and without water - Fear Factor competition, and an oldfashioned game with an updated twist - PLINKO. In the picture at the left, Kate Drosche demonstrates the way to win at PLINKO during Saturday's event. There were plenty of things for the kids to do on the Square during the Chocolate Lovers Festival. There were bounce houses - with and without water - Fear Factor competition, and an oldfashioned game with an updated twist - PLINKO. In the picture at the left, Kate Drosche demonstrates the way to win at PLINKO during Saturday's event. Kassidy Kelley was thrilled with her ride on the pony! Kassidy Kelley was thrilled with her ride on the pony! Members of Lexington's Garden Club surround Police Chief Randy Davenport just in time to have their picture snapped at the Chocolate Lovers Festival. Pictured are (left to right) Ruth Marquardt, Chief Davenport, Betty Sandifer, Cherry Stover and Sally Colonna. Members of Lexington's Garden Club surround Police Chief Randy Davenport just in time to have their picture snapped at the Chocolate Lovers Festival. Pictured are (left to right) Ruth Marquardt, Chief Davenport, Betty Sandifer, Cherry Stover and Sally Colonna. Andy McGee and Bob Cary stroll through the streets where the vendors were set up. Andy McGee and Bob Cary stroll through the streets where the vendors were set up. Traveling from Killeen, Linda Gillen and Dora O'Brien (far left) came to the Chocolate Lovers Festival for the Car Show, but shopped with Jean Dowdy (right) at her gift shop, The Dowdy House. Jean's sister, Artis Poston, is in the background, having made herself available to help Jean with the day's activities and sales. Traveling from Killeen, Linda Gillen and Dora O'Brien (far left) came to the Chocolate Lovers Festival for the Car Show, but shopped with Jean Dowdy (right) at her gift shop, The Dowdy House. Jean's sister, Artis Poston, is in the background, having made herself available to help Jean with the day's activities and sales. One of several "teams" who signed up for the Fear Factor competition included Miles Samuel (left) and Samuel Meza. The young men are taking a look at the LIVE creepycrawly things they will be eating during the first phase of the competition. On the plate before them were mill worms, earthworms and (not live - but deep fried) calf fries! Oh, there was a little bit of chocolate pudding on the plate too! One of several "teams" who signed up for the Fear Factor competition included Miles Samuel (left) and Samuel Meza. The young men are taking a look at the LIVE creepycrawly things they will be eating during the first phase of the competition. On the plate before them were mill worms, earthworms and (not live - but deep fried) calf fries! Oh, there was a little bit of chocolate pudding on the plate too! Bill Tucker, a professional Disc Jockey by trade, makes announcements for the Senior Citizen Center during Saturday's festival. Bill Tucker, a professional Disc Jockey by trade, makes announcements for the Senior Citizen Center during Saturday's festival. Kolton Allen and friend are seen in this picture eating reallive worms - with chocolate pudding! Kolton Allen and friend are seen in this picture eating reallive worms - with chocolate pudding! Opal Hall enjoyed a light lunch at the Senior Citizens Center last Saturday with her children, Sarah and Lukas. Opal Hall enjoyed a light lunch at the Senior Citizens Center last Saturday with her children, Sarah and Lukas. Paul Freeman from Lexington is seen admiring a custom pickup at the Chocolate Lovers Festival Car Show last Saturday. Paul Freeman from Lexington is seen admiring a custom pickup at the Chocolate Lovers Festival Car Show last Saturday. Scott Alexander showed his 1969 Camero -  in "almost original" condition - during the Car Show at Saturday's festival. Scott Alexander showed his 1969 Camero - in "almost original" condition - during the Car Show at Saturday's festival. Gladys Wright and Norma Elmore drove in from Smithville to enjoy Lexington's Chocolate Lovers Festival. Gladys Wright and Norma Elmore drove in from Smithville to enjoy Lexington's Chocolate Lovers Festival. Trevor Tredwell won the bug-eating portion of Saturday's Fear Factor competition. Trevor Tredwell won the bug-eating portion of Saturday's Fear Factor competition. Curtis and Eunice Roensch enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes, topped off with chocolate syrup! Curtis and Eunice Roensch enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes, topped off with chocolate syrup! Margaret Plentl, pictured here (left) with Beverly McMurrey, won Second Place in the Adult Division of Best Chocolate Cake contest during the event. Margaret Plentl, pictured here (left) with Beverly McMurrey, won Second Place in the Adult Division of Best Chocolate Cake contest during the event. Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer (far right) came to the Chocolate Lovers Festival last weekend. He is pictured with two of Lexington's finest -  Bob Cary and Chief Randy Davenport, as well as with one of his friends. Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer (far right) came to the Chocolate Lovers Festival last weekend. He is pictured with two of Lexington's finest - Bob Cary and Chief Randy Davenport, as well as with one of his friends. Runners of all ages lined up on Wheatley Street early Saturday morning in order to compete in this year's Rotary Fun Run. Runners of all ages lined up on Wheatley Street early Saturday morning in order to compete in this year's Rotary Fun Run. Lexington's Chamber of Commerce sponsored a pancake breakfast -  complete with chocolate syrup! -  early Saturday morning as the 6th Annual Chocolate Lovers Festival got underway. Pictured are (left to right) Steve Hunton, Claude Vaughn, Sylvia DeClue Kelinske (back right) and Mary Stifflemire (front right). Lexington's Chamber of Commerce sponsored a pancake breakfast - complete with chocolate syrup! - early Saturday morning as the 6th Annual Chocolate Lovers Festival got underway. Pictured are (left to right) Steve Hunton, Claude Vaughn, Sylvia DeClue Kelinske (back right) and Mary Stifflemire (front right). Winners of the Youth Division Best Chocolate Cake contest were (left to right) Kayla Boettcher (not pictured) - First Place; Kay Anne Zoch - Second Place and John Tschepl - Third Place. They are pictured with Chef John Lopez and Mrs. Lee County, Leigh Blankenburg. Winners of the Youth Division Best Chocolate Cake contest were (left to right) Kayla Boettcher (not pictured) - First Place; Kay Anne Zoch - Second Place and John Tschepl - Third Place. They are pictured with Chef John Lopez and Mrs. Lee County, Leigh Blankenburg. Ellie Gonzales won first place in the Adult Division of the Best Chocolate Dessert contest. Ellie Gonzales won first place in the Adult Division of the Best Chocolate Dessert contest. Mae Pellicano won second and third place in the Adult Division of the Best Chocolate Dessert contest. Mae Pellicano won second and third place in the Adult Division of the Best Chocolate Dessert contest. Winners of the Youth Division Best Chocolate Dessert contest were (left to right) Theresa Ramos - Second Place; Grace Freeman - First Place and members of Girl Scout Troup 2363, Lexy Dillon, Cecelia Baggstrom and Katelyn Brady pictured - Third Place. Winners of the Youth Division Best Chocolate Dessert contest were (left to right) Theresa Ramos - Second Place; Grace Freeman - First Place and members of Girl Scout Troup 2363, Lexy Dillon, Cecelia Baggstrom and Katelyn Brady pictured - Third Place. LD Levy, "Chef Deedle", won third place in the Adult Division of the Best Chocolate Cake competition. His was a working Wheel of Fortune! LD Levy, "Chef Deedle", won third place in the Adult Division of the Best Chocolate Cake competition. His was a working Wheel of Fortune! Ricki Hooper (center) won first place in the Adult Division of the Best Chocolate Cake competition with her double chocolate two-tiered cake, displayed on an operating lighted fountain. Ricki Hooper (center) won first place in the Adult Division of the Best Chocolate Cake competition with her double chocolate two-tiered cake, displayed on an operating lighted fountain. Sherry and Mark Owen entertained their granddaughter, Heaven Von Rosenberg, at the Chocolate Lovers Festival last Saturday. Sherry and Mark Owen entertained their granddaughter, Heaven Von Rosenberg, at the Chocolate Lovers Festival last Saturday. Keith Hansburger (side view), with the Lexington Masonic Lodge, stands to take money from Buddy Syler (far right) who is purchasing a delicious hamburger for his lunch. Keith Hansburger (side view), with the Lexington Masonic Lodge, stands to take money from Buddy Syler (far right) who is purchasing a delicious hamburger for his lunch.

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