The “sweetest” winter wonderland

by Kinsey Mudd and Kellie Hammer

Come experience the winter wonderland spectacular at the 31th Annual Hospice of Southern Kentucky Chocolate Festival on Sunday, February 18, at Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. You won’t want to miss the divine desserts that await you at each turn.

Enjoy the expertise and creativity of local bakers, caterers, restaurants, community organizations and businesses. It is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. To set your course, you may purchase tickets at , visit our office at 5872 Scottsville Road, call 270-782-3402 or on the day of the event. Tickets are $14 for ages 13 & up, $6 for ages 6-12 and ages 5 & under are free. Returning this year is our VIP ticket. For $28 you can start your adventure an hour early and receive a 2018 Chocolate Festival T-shirt. There is no upcharge for ages 12 & under and t-shirts will not be included for children’s tickets. There are only 250 VIP tickets available.

Last year’s Mardi Gras Parade theme was a huge success for the patients of HSK, and we are ready to bring the excitement and deliciousness back. With nearly 30 dessert booths on your path of sweet tooth satisfaction, the day will also host specialty booths where you may find another treat of your liking to purchase. Emcee Tony Rose is back and will be pairing up with Preston Green to make the 2018 Chocolate Festival one to remember. The event will also include a “Best Decorated Table” and “Best Dessert” competition and our annual local celebrity cookie-eating contest, where competitors stuff themselves for the prized “Champion” status for a year. The silent auction tables will be filled with must-haves from gift cards for your favorite restaurants to jewelry, so be sure to place your bids throughout the day. Of course, the true little chocolate lovers will have plenty to enjoy with their very own Kid’s Candy Store, where they can fill up their own bag of candy for free. We will also have face painting, games and an unexpected special guest. The Chocolate Festival is a Sunday for the whole family to support HSK.

All proceeds from this event provide Help, Support and Kindness to terminally ill patients and their families in our community regardless of ability to pay. The Hospice of Southern Kentucky Chocolate Festival began with a group of Hospice volunteers who sought to do just that. For 36 years, HSK has been the local leader in Hospice care serving nine BRADD counties. No matter where a patient calls home, that is where HSK will care for them, whether at their residence, a nursing home or assisted living. If additional care is needed, we are also able to offer the only in-patient facility in South Central Kentucky, the Hospice House. Our 10-private-suite facility provides 24-hour-a-day full medical staff, a chapel, playroom for the kids and a family kitchen for visitors.

Thank you, South Central Kentucky; because of amazing community support of our events like the Chocolate Festival, we are able to provide Hospice care to those in need.


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