Seventh Annual Chocolate Stroll
First St., Mount Vernon — Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m.
The seventh annual Chocolate Stroll, sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, once again celebrates chocolate, its makers and those who love it. The event runs from 10 a.m.–4 p.m on Saturday, June 4 in downtown Mount Vernon. In addition to chocolate for sample and sale, the event features music, contests and events.
The Bijou Theatre (123 2nd St S.) will be screening the 1971 cult classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at noon. A parade will wind from Memorial Park Gazebo (311 1st St. NW) to the theatre prior to the showing (chocolate-themed costumes encouraged).
Musicians will be performing at the First Street Community Center (221 1st St. NE) throughout the day, starting at 10 a.m. Highlights include the Eastern Iowa Brass Band (11 a.m.) and Dale Beeks and Ben Schmidt (3 p.m.). A children’s lawn party will take over Memorial Park, complete with a balloon artist, cupcake walk and karaoke stage.
Chocolate aficionados can also participate in the annual Chocolate Baking Contest; the winner will be announced at 1 p.m. Bakers can enter in one of three categories: Adult, High School and Elementary/Middle School. Applications can be found at visitmvl.com; participants should bring the form and their most delectable concoction to the Old Fire Station (213 1st St. NW) before 11:30 a.m.