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Christos House Chocolate Festival is Saturday; auction items announced


Chocolate lovers will have a lot to look forward to as the Christos House Chocolate Festival draws near.

Attendees will be able to enjoy a wide selection of tasty treats from professional and amateur chocolatiers alike. The festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 503 W. Main St. in West Plains.

A silent auction will be held during the event with a live auction starting at 1 p.m.

The entry fee is $10. Children ages 10 and younger can get in for free with adult supervision. The entry fee comes with 20 tasting tickets which attendees can use to sample any of the available chocolate treats. Additional tickets can be purchased for one ticket for $1 or six tickets for $5. 

“We are looking forward to having a fun Chocolate Festival for all ages,” said Executive Director Kelli Neel. “We always appreciate the support from our community in helping us continue and grow our mission.” 

Auction items up for bid at the festival include St. Louis and Springfield Cardinals tickets, gift cards and certificates to local business, Yeti cups, quilts, various local pottery and artwork, handcrafted fishing lures and accessories, children’s toys, and a two-night stay for two at the Rainbow Trout and Game Ranch in Rockbridge. Christos House thanks its contributors such as C7 Wholesale, Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply, Knockouts, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse and the Houston School District.     

“We would like to thank all of our contributors and sponsors,” said Neel. 

This year’s festival is sponsored by Caterpillar. 

All funds raised will go to support the Christos House Domestic and Sexual Violence Shelter and the Christos House Outreach program. Christos House serves and supports domestic and sexual violence victims and their families in Carter, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Wright counties.  

For more information or to donate to Christos House visit their website at christoshousemo.org or call 417-256-3408. The Christos House main office and resale store is at 125 Jefferson Ave., West Plains. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.