The 13th Annual Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate takes place Feb. 9 and is sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. Last year's event drew 20 artists and about 500 people. Organizers think the turnout could be greater this year.

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The 13th Annual Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate takes place Feb. 9 and is sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. Last year's event drew 20 artists and about 500 people. Organizers think the turnout could be greater this year.

Room to grow

Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate festival provides venues for artists, confectioners

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What: 13th annual Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9

Where: Downtown Craig, Yampa Avenue and Victory Way

Cost: $10 for Taste of Chocolate tickets (limited quantities)

For more information or to register, call 824-4580

— Downtown Books co-owner Carol Jacobson can sum up last year's Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate in a few words.

"It was a hoot," she said.

This year, she said she expects the same.

The 13th annual event, sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, is scheduled for Feb. 9.

The event reminds residents "that we have a great historic downtown business area that tries to promote our community, that tries to support the artists that live here," Jacobson said.

Last year's event drew 20 artists and approximately 500 people.

This year could be bigger.

Jacobson, who co-organizes the event, has called 30 artists who might be willing to participate. And that's not including the musicians.

Although one Art Walk a year seems to be all the community can support, she believes it has the potential to grow with artists' support.

"In a town of 9,000 people, I can't help thinking that we can do something bigger," Jacobson said.

How big would she like to see the event grow?

"As big as we could handle" in the downtown business district, she said.

Artists and musicians still have time to sign up for the festival.

For a $35 fee, artists can set up shop in participating downtown businesses.

The establishments sponsoring them also pay $35. Proceeds from the event pay for the event's advertising costs and operating expenses, Jacobson said.

Local musicians also are invited to play at participating businesses free of charge.

Still, the festival isn't solely for artists and musicians.

The Colorado Northwestern Community College pottery class is slated to sell hand-made bowls - complete with hot soup - at the Center of Craig. Sale proceeds will support the college's pottery program, Jacobson said.

Entries in the Craig Centennial poster contest also will be on display at the town center.

And chocolate makers also will offer their wares to buyers, who will vote on the best chocolate at day's end.

Last year, the amount of contest entries was "overwhelming," Jacobson said.

"The amount of chocolate downtown that day (would) astound you," she added.

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