It’s that time of year again. Friday evening the banquet hall at the Mustang Town Center will be transformed into a chocolate wonderland and everyone is invited. The 11th annual Friends of the Mustang Library Chocolate Festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Center, 1201 N. Mustang Road.
“It consistently gets bigger every year,” said Event Chairperson, Nancy Keiser. “The competition has gotten fierce over the years.”
Last year the event raised $6,200. Keiser said the majority of the money from the Chocolate Festival is used for the Summer Reading Program at the Mustang Library.
“Everything is free to the public,” Keiser said. “That’s why we try to raise as much money as we can.”
The Friends of the Library support a Summer Arts Series that is held every Thursday afternoon during June and July. The Summer Arts Series presents artistic programs such as The Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Cimarron Opera, storytellers, Native American dancers and more. The Friends also support educational programs during the summer paying for the presenters and supplies so that all children may attend without concern of costs involved.
The annual Chocolate Festival is known to bring a unique, and sometimes odd, mixture of chocolate-covered morsels. Last year’s festival featured chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate torts, cupcakes, cheese cakes, brownies, cakes, cookies, and all types of candies. This year’s festival will also provide sugar-free and gluten-free selections.
Twenty vendors are confirmed for the event and one-third of those are first-year competitors. Keiser said she has sold online tickets to people in Tulsa, Chickasha, and Norman.
“They are coming in from further and further,” she said. “The word is getting out.”
The competition is divided into three categories; Most Unique Chocolate, Best Tasting Chocolate, and Best Decorated Table. Winners are chosen by popular vote and announced at the end of the evening. Tickets are $8 for eight tastes. The ticket has a space to cast a vote for the three category favorites.
Those with a Friends of the Library membership may enter early at 5:45 p.m. Confirmed table vendors include; Coldwell Banker Select, Hair Razzors, iCakez Gourmet Cakes & Desserts, Weichert Realtors Main Edge, First National Bank & Trust, Inc., Scentsy by Cindy Manning, Papa Murphy’s, The Spice Rack, Oklahoma Cupcakery, Sunshine OHCE, State Farm Insurance by Cal Kiburz, Mustang Rotary Club, Mustang Library Board, Oklahoma LEGO Users Group, and International Student Exchange, Kendra Bong, Dough MG, and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.
Keiser said they are still accepting donations of gift baskets for the silent auction. Tickets and Friends memberships are now on sale at the Mustang Library and may be purchased with check, cash, or credit card. There is room for a few more table vendors. Please contact Chairperson Nancy Keiser at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-850-8671.