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Ste. Genevieve's Chocolate Walk proved to be a sweet success on Saturday with all available tickets selling out within the first two hours of the event that began at 10 a.m.

“We sold all 300 tickets by noon,” said Mary Elise Okenfuss, who works at the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center. “A few ‘pre-sale’ people haven’t picked up their boxes yet, but at least a dozen if not more people have come in and been very disappointed that all the boxes (and tickets) were sold out.”

Everyone who wanted to sample the goodies had to have a ticket, which were available for purchase at the welcome center. Participating merchants provided the samples of various chocolate delicacies and placed red and pink balloons outside their establishments to invite chocolate walkers inside for some goodies and shopping.

Shoppers carrying white sample collection boxes were seen walking into and out of the participating businesses, many also carrying bags containing gifts, artwork and other unique merchandise sold in the shops populating Ste. Genevieve’s unique historical downtown district.

Sunny skies, no wind, mild temperatures and lots of sweet treats provided chocolate lovers with a great way to spend the day.

The event was sponsored by the Ste. Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project.

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Amy Patterson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3616 or apatterson@dailyjournalonline.com.

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