Sweet Tooth

Chocolate Crawl to mark 10 years in
La Grange, Ky.

This year’s event to coincide with Home Show
at CityPlace

LA GRANGE, Ky. (February 2020) – If just the thought of Chocolate Pretzel Turtles, Cherry Ganache Fudge, Chocolate Dipped Twinkies or basically anything chocolate tantalizes your taste buds, then you won’t want to miss the 10th annual Chocolate Crawl in downtown La Grange, Ky. It’s practically an entire day dedicated to every chocolate lover’s dream.
Sandie Fulks, executive director of the La Grange, Ky. Main Street Program, said the best thing about this event is simply experiencing the Chocolate Crawl. “It’s the fun of gathering with your friends, meeting new people, laughing and enjoying the day visiting your favorite places and exploring new ones and devouring delicious chocolate treats!”
On average, more than 20 businesses participate, and 2015 was one of the most successful years with more than 500 participants. Currently, “we limit it to 500 tickets because in previous years the event has sold out.”

Photo Provided

From left, Ken and Sue Ann Jones share a taste of chocolate with Alex Durham of WLKY TV during last year’s Chocolate Crawl in La Grange, Ky.

All participating businesses are on or within a block of Main Street in downtown La Grange. Participants are given a ticket, which they take to each participating business to get stamped or initialed. Tickets are turned in so the purchaser will be entered in a drawing for a gift basket.
This year’s Chocolate Crawl will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets for this event are $10 until Feb. 1, $15 online after Feb. 1, and $20 the day of event, “if they are still available,” said Fulks.
The Chocolate Crawl is a fundraiser for the Main Street Program, which organizes other community events such as summer monthly concerts, the Sprits of La Grange Ghost Tours in the fall and Light Up La Grange in December. The first stop for the Chocolate Crawl is the Welcome Center, 208 E. Main St., to check in and receive a goodie bag to fill with treats.
The event offers an opportunity to browse the stores and see what local artisans and business owners have to offer. “This year we have three additional participants, so there are more fantastic places to visit,” Fulks said.
Over the last decade, local merchant Jody Curry has participated in the Chocolate Crawl four times. Two were with her current business, Mercantile on Main, and two with a previous business.
“Its fun,” said Curry of the annual event. “It brings people downtown, is a post-Christmas event and a nice way to get the community out in the cold February weather. It gives people something to do in the wintertime. Plus, you can do your Valentine’s shopping while in town.”
She said it’s one of many events planned in 2020 for Main Street La Grange.  “It’s a kind of kickoff event for the Main Street Program.”
But above all else, the event is a “very festive event. It has the feel of an old-style progressive dinner. You can do it as a girl’s day out or with kids and family. It appeals to a lot of different groups. And there are so many great restaurants to eat lunch and dinner at also.”
In addition to the Chocolate Crawl, Watts Home Center is sponsoring a Spring Home Projects Show at CityPlace Expo Center the same day, so people can come and spend the whole day enjoying in La Grange, said Fulks. This show “is new this year and a great addition to the festivities of the day. It will be one of the Chocolate Crawl location stops. Our hope is that people will come early and stay late enjoying the whole day here in La Grange, seeing all we have to offer,” said Fulks.
“We are excited to be partnering with the La Grange Main Street Program as a stop on Chocolate Crawl,” said Cheryl Gurr, Sales and Marketing Manager for CityPlace. “We hope that people participating in that event will stop in to pick up their chocolate and visit with some show vendors. Then they can continue on to the other locations that are participating in the Chocolate Crawl.”
The Spring Home Projects Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CityPlace, 112 S. First Ave. Admission is free, but monetary donations will be accepted at the door to benefit Good News Homes. This organization is an Oldham County-based nonprofit that has been serving the homeless and those in need of transitional housing for more than 20 years.
In a press release, Brian Watts, owner of Watts Home Center, said “We are pleased to bring together a great group of vendors to raise visibility for the resources that are available right here in our community as well as helping to raise funds to support a worthy cause.”
Gurr said that Watts Home Center has been serving the local community for more than 14 years. “They opened in 2005 at a different location and then moved into their beautiful, brand new location last year.” Their design center is located at 2350 Commerce Pkwy, in La Grange.
The Spring Home Projects Show was “created to inform local residents by showcasing contractors and designers who are based in Oldham and surrounding counties (Trimble, Henry, Shelby),” said Gurr. Attendees will be able to get remodeling, renovation, landscaping and construction ideas for interior and exterior projects.
“We want people to be aware that there are great providers of home-related services right here in our own communities. As a full-service home center located right here in La Grange, Watts Home Center was a natural choice to approach to sponsor the show,” she said.
Registration is still open for vendors, but the goal is to have 30 or more vendors on the day of the show, Gurr said. In addition to Watts Home Center, other vendors include Sun Windows, Starview Greenhouse, My Pool and Patio, Stickler Construction, Thompson Heating and Cooling, and Kitchen Tune-Up.
There will even be something for kids to enjoy in the form of inflatables, face painting (from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) and other fun activities. A food truck will be on site with a wide variety of hot lunch items and snacks, she said.

• For more information about the Chocolate Crawl contact Sandie Fulks at (502) 269-0126. For more information about the Spring Home Projects Show, contact Cheryl Gurr at (502) 225-0870.

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