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February 18, 2014

Hundreds attend second festival

CHICKASHA —

The 2nd Annual Chocolate Celebration was a tasty hit in 2014. 

Attendees were packed into the historic Rock Island Depot like a box of chocolates. The line was two or three people deep as the crowd made a tasty trek around the dessert tables. 

About 450 people attended the celebration, according to Angie Lewis, Chocolate Celebration Chairperson.

Attendees purchased a $6 ticket for the event, which allowed them to select six chocolate desserts. 

The celebration was moved to the Rock Island Depot which provided a romantic background for the Valentine's Eve event as well as more space that the Chickasha Public Library, where it was held last year. 

The true heroes of the event, Catherine Cook, Chickasha Public Library Director, said, were all the generous organizations and businesses who donated the chocolate desserts for the celebration. 

The gross was $4,500 from the event, Lewis said. 

The net profit will also be higher due to the boxes for the event being provided by Oklahoma Folding Carton and Printing Company of Minco, Lewis said. 

The celebration also had one more table and one more sponsor, compared to last year as well as 50 to 60 more tickets sold than last year. 

The Chocolate Celebration committee will meet again soon to work out details for next year. The annual event is to take place on Valentine's Day Eve. 

Last year, the library was able to furnish the children's section of the library with kid-friendly, touch screen computers. This year, the library is looking at a few options including a new lectern for the meeting room that will support a laptop as well as a touch screen television for downloading e-books, Cook said.

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