4/12/2014 5:55 PM
by Rachael Cardin
LEWISBURG - With any large event comes traffic and limited parking. The Chocolate Festival in Greenbrier County was no different on Saturday.
Thousands of people from across West Virginia, and even some out-of-staters, flocked to the shops and restaurants of downtown Lewisburg to get their chocolate fix. Officials with the Lewisburg Police Department said this event grows every year, therefore requiring more of a police presence. Major issues with an event of this size include finding a parking space, and getting stuck in traffic. Officials said protecting the people are the officers' priority.
"It's a long strenuous day, but it's a good day for our town and for the city and for the folks that come to join the festival. Well have probably 5-7000 people here today. Our goal is to keep pedestrians safe and the traffic flowing," said Chief Tim Stover.
Officials said they always expect traffic to be backed up in the downtown area of Lewisburg for the entire day of the Chocolate Festival.