Jefferson County Historical Society Chocolate Fest

December 4, 2013

Whether it melts in your mouth or on your hands, chocolate will be the main ingredient for the 2013 Jefferson County Historical Society Chocolate Festival.

The event, sponsored by the Historical Society and held in conjunction with the Mt. Vernon Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, will feature a contest, tasting of contest entries and a bake sale and silent auction.

The event, including the planned activities, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Elk’s Lodge, located at 1107 Jordan Street in Mt. Vernon. Those in attendance will be able to taste all of the contest entries.

Those interest in submitting their favorite chocolate dishes can call for entries through Dec. 9 in the categories of cakes, cookies, brownies and heritage recipes. Official rules and entry forms can be obtained by calling 618­-246-­0033. A $250 grand prize will be awarded.

The bake sale will be held during the event with homemade treats available for purchase at the Elk’s Lodge. Winners will be announced at noon on the day of the event. Tickets for the 2013 Chocolate Festival are available at a cost of $5 at the Historical Village, Tourism Office, City Hall and from Historical Society members.

The Jefferson County Historical Society was founded in 1946 “to preserve the heritage of the county for future generations.”

According to the Jefferson County Historical Society, its mission is “to educate about and stimulate interest in history in general and in the history of Jefferson County, Illinois, in particular. … To accomplish these objectives, the Society assists in historical research; aids in collecting and preserving data and artifacts; has established and maintains facilities that will preserve in permanent form the results of such research and collections; provides tours and programs for area schools, organizations and individuals; and, publishes in appropriate manner those materials that will further these objectives.”