PIQUA — Community members went business-to-business Friday in the downtown asking for candy and sweets — but it was not for Halloween.
Mainstreet Piqua’s popular fundraiser and the seventh annual Chocolate Walk returned on a sunny Friday evening. The 175 participants went to approximately 20 participating businesses for “adult trick-or-treat” to receive tasty treats for simply showing up after the cost of a $15 ticket.
“This is my second year,” Peg Bender of Marysville said. Bender participated in the Chocolate Walk last year after her sister and Piqua resident Bonnie Josefovsky told her about it and brought her out for it. Bender said that when she went back to Marysville and told her coworkers and friends about the Chocolate Walk, they wondered if they could do that in their town.
“It was so much fun,” Bender said. “Who doesn’t like chocolate?”
“I love it. It’s fun,” Josefovsky said, who has participated in almost every Chocolate Walk. The Chocolate Walk gave them, along with their friend Jane Peck of Piqua, the opportunity to walk around downtown, learn about the different businesses, and get some exercise along with the tasty treats.
“It’s the best weather ever,” Bender said about Friday evening.
“This is our first time, and we like it so far,” Mandy Arthur of Piqua said, who was with Trish Cantrell of Piqua, Sheri Cline of Piqua, and Rhonda Smith of Troy.
Even early in the walk, one of them had already made a purchase at one of the businesses they had visited.
“It’s nice,” Cline said. “This is fun.”
Winans Chocolates + Coffees and Readmore’s Hallmark were the event co-sponsors. Ticket holders began at the Winans location at 310 Spring Street where participants turned in their tickets and picked up their Chocolate Walk bag with a list of participating businesses. The chocolates — from pastries to hard candies — could be enjoyed on the spot or saved for later as each participant checked a spot off their list.
The fundraiser ended at Readmore’s Hallmark with refreshments and register-to-win opportunities.
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