4/13/2013 6:08 PM
by Karen Franklin
LEWISBURG - Cakes, cookies and other treats were tasted Saturday at the seventh annual Chocolate Festival.
"We're going to look forward to tasting chocolate and enjoying it really," said Katylynn Braden of Lewisburg.
Braden and thousands of others visited more than 30 stations along Washington Street that offered chocolate samples to the sweet enthusiasts.
"Chocolate has been great," said Cookie Hayes of the Red Hat Do Dats in Tazewell. "We have thoroughly enjoyed it. The Red Hats always say, 'Eat your desert first,' so that's what we've been doing -- eating our desert first."
The crowds made it clear just how many people have a sweet tooth, and tons of kids eating chocolate showed the pair is a perfect match.
"It's very good and sweet, and I liked all the chocolate," said Cedric Bruitt of Beckley. "There's a lot of people, and we're eating chocolate."
Anna Cole and her friends are Chocolate Festival veterans.
"I'm just looking for the chocolate," Cole told WOAY.
Ashton Gillilan, who was by her side, agreed.
"I'm looking for the chocolate and just find friends and have fun," Gillilan said.
The festival also featured a chocolate mouse eating contest for all ages. The event was timed and didn't allow the use of hands.
"I was supposed to have dance practice, but it's so fun, I just came out here," Kelly Hanson of Lewisburg said.