Celebrating its 29th year, ChocolateFest is held on 20-acre festival grounds and run exclusively by volunteers to raise money for over 60 local civic groups, non-profit organizations and charities. In 2014 the festival generated a total of $118,621, all of which was given back to those groups. Because at its delicious core, ChocolateFest is just as much about giving back to the community as it is chocolate.
The festival will officially open May 22, but the carnival is open with no gate admission fee on May 21 from 5 to 10 p.m. A grand fireworks display is slated for May 22 at 9 p.m. and the Veterans Memorial Day parade is at 9 a.m. May 25, running through Downtown Burlington.
The main stage music lineup is as follows:
Friday, May 22: Lunch Money Bullies (80s top 40), 6 p.m.; Markstock (featuring Madfact), 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 23: Allure Electric Orchestra (pop, rock and country), 12:30 p.m.; Orange Crush, 4 p.m.; TBA, 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 24: Big Al Wetzel Band (classic country and adult contemporary), 1 p.m.; Reverend
Raven (blues), 5 p.m.; Bella Cain (top 40 country), 8 p.m.
Monday, May 25:
The Britins (Beatles tribute), 12 p.m.; Pat McCurdy (pop sing-along), 3:30 p.m. The adult Battle of the Bands will be held May 22 at 6 p.m. on the Wanasek stage, with the winner performing at 10 p.m. A high school Battle of the Bands will take place Thursday,
May 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Events: The Chocolate Experience Tent will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. May 22, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 23-24 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 25. The Chef Meltdown will be held at 6 p.m. May 22. A chocolate experience taster ticket can be had for $8, and includes 12 chocolate samples.
Other events include hypnotist and illusionist Chris Jones, Granpa Cratchet, chef demonstrations, a petting zoo, chocolate eating contests, a commercial expo, NASCAR exhibit, the All American Lumberjack Show and helicopter rides (weather permitting). Jaycees Arts &
Crafts Show will be held May 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at Echo Park.
Festival Hours:4 p.m. to midnight May 22
10 a.m. to midnight May 23-24
Noon to 7 p.m. May 25
Festival admission will be $7 for those 13 and older in advance and $8 at the gate.
Tickets for children ages 5-12 will cost $2.50 in advance and $3 at the gate ( ages 4 and younger
are admitted free). Tickets are available online at www.chocolatefest.com until midnight May
20. Parking on the grounds will be available for $5.
Carnival ride passes are available for $20 in advance per session until May 20 and $25 on the grounds. This includes unlimited rides from 5 p.m. to close on May 21; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6 p.m. to close May 23-24 or noon to close on May 25. A mega pass for unlimited rides May 21-25 will be available for $75 and can be purchased exclusively at the Burlington Walgreens from April 27 to May 20.
For more information, visit www.chocolatefest.com.