Goodies galore

Festival of Chocolate entries entice attendees at Kendall Young Library

Ketta Lubberstedt-Arjes, Kendall Young Library assistant director, left, and Chandra Hanoman, right, smile for a photo Sunday afternoon during the Festival of Chocolate at Kendall Young Library. Hanoman received first place in the cake/cupcake category and was the runner-up winner in the cookie category at the festival.

Over 150 people were treated to delectable goodies Sunday afternoon at Kendall Young Library during the Festival of Chocolate. Individuals sampled homemade chocolate creations and enjoyed music from local artists.

“We had a wonderful turnout. This is our biggest turnout yet,” said Angie Martin-Schwarze, Kendall Young Library director. “It was certainly the most chocolate entries we’ve had. I think we ended up with around 55 entries.”

A panel of local judges picked a winner and runner up for entries in four categories: cookies, cakes/cupcakes, brownies/bars, and confection/candy. Judges included Marilyn Middleton, Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez, Brian Miller, Lana Crawford, Scott Rector, Candy Rector, Pat Powers, and Darcy Swon.

Nancy Jondal received first place in the cookies category with Island Drops. Chandra Hanoman received runner up with Pilgrim Hat Cookies.

Chandra Hanoman received first place in the cakes/cupcakes category with Surprise in a Pocket Cupcakes. Amy Lampman received runner up with Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting.

Over 150 people visited Kendall Young Library on Sunday afternoon for their annual Festival of Chocolate.

Roberta Knutson received first place in the brownies/bars category with Rocky Road Fudge Bars. Billie Smid received runner up with Chocolate Crunch Brownies.

In the confection/candy category, Donna Roosa received first place with Chocolate Cashew Clusters. Keyara Tigner received runner up with Saltine Cracker Toffee.

“It’s just fun to be here on a Sunday with a big gathering. It’s different from how we normally operate day to day. This event just gives us another way to enjoy this beautiful library. We think of it as both fundraising and friend-raising.”

The money raised at the event will go towards programs and activities at Kendall Young Library. The event was put on by the Friends of the Library board, KYL staff, and other volunteers. Members of the board include: Don Anderson, Diane Bahrenfuss, Cheryl Eichler, Wil Groves, Gretchen McGlynn, Gary Moenck, Linda Moenck, Palmer Schneider, and Theresa Turpen.

“The Friends of the Library certainly financially support us, but they also are big advocates of what’s happening at the library. They can help other people know and get them excited about Kendall Young Library,” said Martin-Schwarze. “Everybody that came today got to experience that enthusiasm.”

Melissa Gillette, left, and Gianna Borer, right, entertain the public at Kendall Young Library Sunday afternoon.

“It’s been a great success,” Martin-Schwarze said.

According to KYL staff, they will be selling to-go boxes of chocolate for $5. Contact KYL at (515) 832-9100 for more details.

There were 55 entries submitted for this year’s Festival of Chocolate at Kendall Young Library. Attendees at the event Sunday afternoon got to sample a variety of chocolate goodies and creations like the treat pictured below.

There were 55 entries submitted for this year’s Festival of Chocolate at Kendall Young Library. Attendees at the event Sunday afternoon got to sample a variety of chocolate goodies and creations like the treat pictured below.

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