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Chocolate Walk

Lovers of chocolate and shopping will want to attend Ste. Genevieve's annual Chocolate Walk Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the town's historic downtown district. Chocolate lovers simply follow the balloons to find participating merchants. 

Two popular Ste. Genevieve events are returning once again on Feb. 3.

A tradition stretching back 250 years will be continued at the Ste. Genevieve VFW Hall, located at 852 Memorial Drive.

The annual King’s Ball is hosted by the Foundation for the Restoration of Ste. Genevieve, which Ste. Genevieve Tourism Director Sandra Cabot said hosts several historic-themed events throughout the year.

“Their events tend to be heritage-based,” she said. “They do the King’s Ball as well as an event in April called ‘Ecole du Soldat,’ or the School of the Soldier, with reenactors that come and camp and do presentations.

“They also sponsor the history conference in September each year, which has really been growing. It can be based around anything in the town’s 300-year history, but it tends to focus on things that are either French Colonial or sometimes a local famous person.”

King’s Ball attendees are encouraged but not required to come in French Colonial period dress to dance old-time dances under the instruction of a dance caller. Attendees are also welcome to bring food, while a cash bar will be available for those over 21 and non-alcoholic drinks for those under 21.

The King’s Ball will get underway at 7 p.m., giving attendees plenty of time to get their chocolate walking and shopping done before the dancing begins. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.

For more information about the King’s Ball, go to or contact the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center at 573-883-7097.

The Ste. Genevieve Chocolate Walk will last throughout that day in historic downtown Ste. Genevieve, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The walk will begin at Audubon's Grill and Bar, located at 9 North Main Street. Balloons will guide the walkers to each successive participating business where delectable chocolates can be sampled.

However, only 300 tickets are available for the event and we have learned the event is now sold out. 

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at


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