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Chocolate Walk good for area

Residents from across the Tri-State Area will have the chance to enjoy a mid-winter stroll through downtown Steubenville and help the education programs at Historic Fort Steuben on Saturday by participating in the second Sweetheart Chocolate Walk.

Those who have purchased tickets to the event will be able to travel through the downtown and pick up a chocolate treat and have their tickets stamped at each of the dozen or so participating businesses.

After they visit each site, participants will be able to drop their stamped tickets off at the Visitor Center at the fort, and those tickets will be entered into a drawing for a dinner for two.

It’s an event that’s designed to offer a day of fun while helping downtown merchants. The businesses will have the opportunity to show off their goods and services in a relaxed atmosphere. Everyone who participates will have the chance to visit businesses throughout downtown and see for themselves the variety of goods and services that are available.

Last year’s walk was a success, and organizers are looking to sell out this year’s 50 tickets.

It’s part of a growing number of events held on a regular basis that are designed to bring people downtown.

That list includes the Downtown Shamrock Walk and Irish Tea on March 15; First Fridays on Fourth, which resume for the season on April 3; the Great Steubenville Eggsibition, the annual citywide Easter egg hunt, which is scheduled to run from April 13 through May 10; the summer concert series at the Berkman Amphitheater, which opens with a special Memorial Day event before settling into its traditional Thursday evening slot; events such as the Grecian Food Festival sponsored by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, which is scheduled to run June 9-12; Ohio Valley Frontier Days, which will be held June 6-7; the Dean Martin celebration; and the Nutcracker Village and Advent Market, which will return to Fort Steuben Park on Nov. 24 when the city welcomes the holiday season with the Steubenville Lights Up the Night event.

Events like the Sweetheart Chocolate Walk that bring residents from around the region into the city in general and the downtown in particular play an important role in keeping the community a vibrant and essential place to visit, shop and live in. They ensure a bright future for our town.

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