A feast of chocolate, sweets and treats awaited those attending the 2016 Downtown Sedalia Chocolate Crawl on Saturday sponsored by Sedalia Downtown Development, Inc.
SDDi Administrator Meg Liston said that this is the fourth year for the event. This year 20 merchants participated with 100 people expected to attend the event that ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“This is good, everybody is excited,” Liston said Saturday morning. “Facebook has really been boosting it. We expect a lot of people.”
Liston said participants first stopped in at “Crawl Headquarters,” at 307 S. Ohio Ave., to grab a bag and a merchant list. The merchants, involved with the crawl, were on the list along with their addresses. As participants visited each merchant their business was initialed. Afterward the participant could then bring their list back and place it into a drawing for one of several Valentine’s Day gift baskets.
“If they get 15 of them they bring them back, and we put them in the drawing,” Liston said. “If they go to all 20, they get an extra entry form.”
Beth Lea, owner of Rock ‘N Rollers Hair Studio said they had prepared white chocolate “puppy chow” with strawberries and they were also offering chocolate hearts for customers. She added that although it was cold people were coming in to sample the goodies.
Swords Family Pharmacy, 300 S. Ohio Ave., had hot coffee and homemade mini-cupcakes prepared by employee Kalee Arnold.
“Kalee, has KK’s Cupcakes, and she does wedding cakes and cupcakes, so she did little samples,” Michelle Swords, pharmacy owner, said. “It started off a little slow because of the cold but it’s picking up.”
Lindy Thomas and her friend Patty Whitlock, both of Sedalia, were at the pharmacy, and were participating in the chocolate crawl. Thomas said she went on the crawl two years ago.
“It’s fun getting to speak with the local merchants and seeing all the wonderful things that they have,” she said. “Plus the chocolate.”
This was Whitlock’s first time to attend the event.
“I think it’s great!” she said. “It’s good exercise, the people are great, it’s good to shop … and the candy … my pockets are loaded!”
“It is fun for everyone,” Thomas added.
Lorie Parham and friend Brandy Bogle said they found out about the chocolate crawl on Facebook.
“I saw the event on there and I just shared it out,” Parham said. “I texted her this morning and said ‘we got to go.’”
Kay’s Bridal and and Crafts, arranged a variety of tasty treats, including covered marshmallows, chocolate covered nuts, and a licorice candy combo, on a table at the business.
Checking out the sweet treats at Kay’s was Rick Squiric, of Warrensburg. Squiric brought his wife Laurie and friends, Don and Carole Nimmer and Mary McCord with him to sample the day’s goodies.
“We had coffee at the Mason Jar and now we’re at Kay’s,” he said. “We have 17 checked off, so we thought we’d hit three more and get another entry. We’ll see how it goes.
“I’ve been working with a lot of people here and I’ve come to really appreciate Sedalia,” he added. “I wanted to bring friends down to see it and give them a little history about it, and try to promote business.”
Accidental tourists for the event were Kevin and Vicky Goertzen, of Aurora, Nebraska, who dropped into Chelsea’s Antiques at 712 S. Ohio Ave. The Goertzen’s were traveling from Arkansas bakc home when they decided to make an antique pit-stop in Sedalia.
“We walked in and they told us about it,” Vicky Goertzen said. “We looked up antique stores as we were coming back from Arkansas.”
The couple had spent the night in Sedalia and decided before leaving Chelsea’s to visit a few more Chocolate Crawl merchants.
Owner Chelsea Kehde said the crawl was going well.
“It’s been a nice steady flow,” she said.
Kehde along with Carrie Nation, of Sedalia, made several homemade chocolate treats for the event.
“Everything is homemade,” Kehde said. “These are two of those little peppermint candy canes with a white chocolate center. Carrie Nation made those and the fudge and I made skewers with angel food cake and chocolate drizzle and the truffles.”
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 [email protected]