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Numerous businesses have donated gift baskets like these two to be raffled off at the Everything Chocolate event on Saturday evening at the Plattsmouth Public Library.

PLATTSMOUTH – Those walking through the doors of the Plattsmouth Public Library on Saturday evening will be in for a treat.

It’s the library’s annual Everything Chocolate event, which has been showcasing local homemade chocolate dishes for nine years now.

And, it’s become so popular that the maximum number of 64 seats in the library’s auditorium for Saturday’s event has already been spoken for, according to Karen Mier, library director.

For those still wanting to come, they should call the library to be put on a waiting list in case some cancel their place, she said.

“This year’s theme is Willy Wonka,” Mier said, referring to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie.

Decorations inspired from that early 1970s movie will fill the auditorium, she said.

Saturday’s event, which begins at 7 p.m., is an annual presentation that offers a fun, unique way for the public to visit the library and learn of its many services, Mier said.

It also provides an opportunity for those who enjoy making chocolate dishes a chance to showcase their skills, she added.

“We wanted to try something different,” Mier said of the event’s origin.

People can still register for the chocolate competition by simply entering their favorite chocolate appetizer or dessert, no alcoholic beverages accepted. Entries must be received by 6:45 p.m.

This year’s judges will be Evis Zamora (former library supervisor), Terri Anderson (former winner of the competition), and Tom Beckman (2018 Harvest Festival King). The entries will be judged based on taste, presentation, and originality. After the judging, attendees will be able to sample the entries.

Chocolate treats may also be brought to share without being entered in the competition. However, they will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, along with those from the competitive portion.

Raffle baskets from various businesses will be available. Tickets to win baskets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Call the library (402-296-4154 x24) to be put on a waiting list for attending.

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