After 13 years of bringing entertainment and a celebration of all things chocolate to the community, the Alabama Chocolate Festival is taking a break.
Rainbow City Mayor Terry John Calhoun said the committee that has organized the event since its inception decided that for now, the festival had run its course.
Calhoun said it was not a lack of attendance or vendors that became an issue.
It has become more expensive to find good entertainment, he said, and offer it free to the public.
Over the years, the festival brought a number of local and regional bands to the stage, along with well-known artists such as Pam Tillis, Orleans, Riders in the Sky and Collin Raye.
“The Alabama Chocolate Festival has enjoyed 13 successful years of providing quality entertainment, great food/art/crafts vendors, games, treasure hunts, free chocolate, and free admission for all who attended,” the committee posted on the Alabama Chocolate Festival Facebook page. “The decision has been made to postpone the festival indefinitely. Thanks are in order to the Mayor and Council of Rainbow City, Sponsors, Vendors, Volunteers, and all who came and spent the day with us. We’ve had a wonderful time with you!”
Neither the mayor nor the committee’s post indicated the festival is gone for good.
Calhoun said the decision was made to “take a few years off,” and indicated the city may look at the festival again in the future.
He said it’s also possible that the city will look at some other kind of event.
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