RIPLEY - The 2016 WV Chocolate Festival Queens are excited to reign over this year’s 9th Annual Chocolate Festival. 

Beginning on March 18 at 7 P.M., the weekend will kick off with the showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the Alpine Theater or you can choose to visit with Julia Child at Country Roads Bed & Breakfast.  

Then on Saturday, March 19, the queens will attend the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the courthouse lawn, which will begin at 10 a.m.

Make sure to line the streets downtown at 11 a.m. for the grand parade.  The parade will leave the city parking lot and travel Route 21 South to High School Drive and then end at Ripley Elementary.   

Kings and queens of all ages will be on display but make sure to look for the 2016 Miss WV Chocolate Festival Queen, Rebecca Lynn Rhodes and her court! 

Don’t worry, when the parade ends, the fun doesn’t stop. The queens will make their way to Ripley Elementary School to visit with Chocolatiers from all over the state. Our local CASA will be open for business with some good food to get that hunger under control.   

The Easter Bunny will be available for photos from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m..  

Local and honored guest entertainment will begin taking the stage at 12:30 p.m. with the final performance at 3:30 p.m..   

The queens will also have free games and prizes for the kids to enjoy and a cake walk that follows the bunny trail! 

At 1 p.m. there will be an Easter Bonnet parade and contest. This is free to enter and awards for Best of Show, prettiest, funniest and most original will be given.  This contest is for all ages and the winners will be chosen by Miss WV Chocolate Festival herself.  

The annual Chocolate Ice-Cream eating contest will take place at 2 p.m. with three divisions; elementary, middle/high and adult.  Prizes will be awarded in each division.  

The competition isn’t over yet. At 3 p.m., the first ever Chocolate Bake off will take place. This is free to enter the only rule is that your creation has to include some form of chocolate!  

Please arrive with your Chocolate Creation for registration from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m..  

Each item will be judged and then auctioned off to raise money for the Chocolate Festival queens’ community service projects.  

If you would like to enter the bake off please call our director, Stacia Allman at 304-531-3723 or email stacia_allman@hotmail.com.  

Finally, at 7 p.m., there will be a potluck at the Alpine Theater, which is  variety type entertainment.  

The 9th Annual WV Chocolate Festival promises to be a “sweet treat” for everyone to indulge in.  Don’t forget to bring the whole family and your sweet tooth for a free fun filled day!

 

Information on the Fan Favorite - The 2015 Queens chose 3 Jackson County Charities/Organizations and the 2016 Contestants voted on the one to receive the funds raised in the Fan Favorite Category. The Recipient of the fund this year is the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Once the needs are determined, the 2016 Queens will present their gift to the Shelter. 

There was $781.00 collected by the Chocolate Kiss Contestants and The 2016 WV Chocolate Festival Contestants. Once awards were deducted from the amount, the shelter will be receiving $676 in goods and services.

The 2016 WV Chocolate Festival Fan Favorite Queen - Rebeca Weekley  raised an amazing amount - $304