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ChocolateFest fireworks postponed until Saturday

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BURLINGTON — Due to rainy weather, the fireworks planned for Friday at ChocolateFest have been postponed until Saturday evening.

The fireworks for this year’s festival were nearly eliminated after the festival lost its longtime corporate sponsor, Runzheimer International, a Waterford-based corporate travel and expense analysis firm. The firm merged with Motus, a Boston-based technology company, in January 2018.

Runzheimer sponsored the 2018 Chocolatefest fireworks but decided it would not do so this year.

The display was saved after Community State Bank’s Burlington branch and Burlington-based Mangold Insurance came forward as sponsors.

ChocolateFest will be open through Monday at the festival grounds, 681 Maryland Ave., just off Milwaukee Avenue. The year’s theme is “Viva Choco Vegas.”

Festival events include the Chocolate Experience tent, live music throughout each day, hypnotist and magician Chris Jones, Granpa Cratchet puppet show, food and retail vendors, a commercial expo tent, petting zoo, Touch-A-Truck, NASCAR exhibit, chef demonstrations, helicopter rides and the Kid Buck$ game show.

Hours and admission

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday and noon to 7 p.m. Monday.

Advance tickets cost $7 for ages 13 and older and $4 for children ages 5-12. There is no charge for ages 4 and younger. Tickets at the gate cost $8 for ages 13 and older and $5 for children ages 5-12. Community Impact Day for Love Inc. will be Monday when admission is $5. On-grounds parking costs $5.

For more information on the ChocolateFest schedules, activities and tickets, go to

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Alyssa Mauk covers breaking news and courts. She enjoys spending time with her family, video games, heavy metal music, watching YouTube videos, comic books and movies.

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