The 17th Annual Caledonia & Potosi Christmas Chocolate Walk Open House is set for Friday and Saturday.

Chocolate Walk Committee Member Nina Gilliam said they have a Christmas tree farm, Goose Creek Farm, now on the chocolate walk.

“We changed it this year so you get 14 chances to win instead of one big grand prize,” said Gilliam. “In the past, the 13 businesses would donate an item and we would put it all in one basket. It would be like $300 worth of product and one person could win.”

Gilliam said instead they decided that all 13 businesses give one item and participants get 13 chances to win. She said the 14th prize would the grand prize, which is a one night stay at the Old Caledonia Bed and Breakfast.

“We are really trying to make it better for everyone so there are lots of chances to win as you’re going around finding the businesses to get stamps and eating chocolate,” said Gilliam. “The 13 businesses will have specials, discounts and free chocolate. It really puts you in the Christmas spirit.”

“Every shop does something a little bit different and that is a lot of fun,” laughed Gilliam. “The Old Village Mercantile always has ice cream chocolate punch and everybody loves it. It’s a great thing and the women love it. There are a lot of people out hunting and it’s a great thing to do, it’s also a good way to jump on your Christmas shopping.”

Gilliam said on Friday it will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., because they wanted to stay open later for those who work. On Saturday it will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend the daylong event.

“It’s two towns, it’s Caledonia and Potosi. There are four businesses in Potosi and nine businesses in Caledonia,” said Gilliam. “It originally started in Caledonia and then we added Potosi a couple of years after we started the chocolate walk.”

Gilliam said the chocolate walk really grew last year. She said it always takes time for an event to grow when they first start.

“It takes a while for the word to get out and for it to grow,” said Gilliam. “It really took root and sprouted wings last year. It’s a lot of fun and it’s really easy to get back and forth between the two towns since it is straight up Highway 21.”

Gilliam said the wonderful thing is that all the chocolate is free. She explained participants go to a business, get a card and every business stamps it as you go.

“Then you will leave the card once you get it fully stamped with your information at the last business,” said Gilliam. “We will collect all the cards and we will do the drawing from there afterwards for the chances to win. It’s a fun way to celebrate Christmas open house.”

Gilliam said everyone will be decked out with Christmas and it will really get everyone into the spirit. 

Shops participating in this year’s event are the Old Village Mercantile, Crab Apple Cabin, Miss Molly’s, Farmhouse 1807, Goose Creek Christmas Tree Farm, Twelve Mile Creek Emporium, Pattie’s Pickins, Amalgam Gallery of Arts, Old Caledonia Bed and Breakfast, The Country Corner, 5th Generation Antiques, Reed’s Relics and Miss Kim & Co. Tours are also available at the Christmas Historic Bed and Breakfast.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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