By Christine Bryant
Pickerington’s annual Chocolate Hop is expanding to include vendors, crafts and music – just in time for a Mother’s Day outing.
This year’s event, called MayFest, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 along West Columbus Street in downtown Pickerington.
Though the Chocolate Hop has been a popular addition to the city’s lineup of spring and summer events, organizers decided to expand this year’s offering after receiving feedback from residents who said they also wanted an event that incorporates local art works and crafts.
“We’re excited to be able to expand the event and offer an arts opportunity to the community,” said Peggy Portier, representative from the Pickerington Village Association, which is organizing MayFest with Picktown Art Works and Art Gallery of Pickerington.
Those looking for handmade crafts can peruse a lineup of vendors, while the 8th annual Chocolate Hop, held from noon to 2 p.m., offers the opportunity for a little indulging. The timing of the festival – the day before Mother’s Day – is perfect for any last-minute shoppers or those looking for a mother-child experience, Portier said.
“Take mom and buy her a gift,” she said.
Business and food vendors also will be on hand, as will live music in the gazebo. From 10:30-11:30 a.m., the funk, rock and blues band Zoo Trippin’ will perform, followed by steel drum performer Tony Schmitt from noon to 1:30 p.m. From 2-4 p.m., The Fiddlestix will take the stage. The band performs acoustic country and other tunes.
Those wanting to participate in the Chocolate Hop, a fundraiser for the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society, can donate $5 and receive a map showing where to receive small “thank you” chocolate treats.
There are a limited number of maps, which can be obtained ahead of the festival by visiting Froggy’s Sweets & More, The Hair Boutique or the historical society’s museum. Any maps not given out in advance of the event will be available on the day of the event at the historical society’s booth, Portier said.
For information, go to pickeringtonvillage.com.