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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Chocolate Fest in Burlington

Terry Mayer/The Week
A Memorial Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 26.
Burlington will host its annual Chocolatefest May 23--26.

Thursday activities will include the carnival from 5--10 p.m. and the battle of the bands.

On Friday the gates will open at 4 p.m. Live music will include Eddie Butts Band and Todd and Emma Greene. There will be fireworks at 9 p.m.

On Saturday the gates will open at 10 a.m. and live music throughout the day will include The Toys, Pat McCurdy, Glenn Davis and the Blues Commission, The Thumbs, Eric Erickson and Friends, Todd and Emma Greene, the middle school Battle of the Bands winner, Stukenberg, Sage Street Dance Company, HS Serenading Strings and the Miss Burlington pageant.

On Sunday the gates will open at 10 a.m. The Veterans Terrance Memorial Fund Breakfast will be held in the Mt. Zion food tent from 7--10 a.m. The day will also include live music by the Love Monkeys, Ron Kendricks featuring Tommy Greywolf and Don Weber, Myles Hayes, Kids are People Too, Todd Greene music ensembles, Scott Hall and Friends, Pat Clark, the high school Battle of the Bands winner, Jon Hainstock, Martha Berner, Katie Todd and Day to Day.

Monday a Veterans Memorial Day parade will begin at 9 a.m. through downtown Burlington, followed by a service at 10:30 a.m. at Echo Park. The gates to Chocolatefest will open at noon. Entertainment will include Kids are People Too, Todd Greene Music Ensembles, Tim Castle and Young Southern, New South Rampart Street Paraders, Hayward Williams and the UW band.

Weekend--long activities will include the Jaycees hydroplane boat races and brat days (Saturday--Monday), the carnival, chocolate demonstrations, Great Cat Adventures, Grampa Cratchet, BMX bike show, Bob Hamm's Wild West Show, Cactus Charlie, farmers market, kid canopy, chainsaw artist and chocolate vendors. St. Mary's will also host an arts and crafts fair.

New this year will be chocolate indulgence wine and chocolate tasting, Project Yum--Way candy wrapper fashion design contest, Chocolatefest Geocache, kiddie parade, farmers market and an antique tractor show.

Admission at the gate is $7 for adults and $3 for children 5--12.

For more information, call 763--3300 or visit www.chocolatefest.com

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