Hannibal’s festival season begins in earnest with the eighth annual Chocolate Extravaganza Saturday.

The Historic Hannibal Marketing Council hosts the event, featuring activities, deals from downtown merchants and just a general celebration of all things chocolate.

To fully participate in the Chocolate Extravaganza, you’ve got to have a passport, complete with Willy Wonka-style golden tickets.

Among the goodies you can get with those golden tickets are chocolate wine served with cheese at the Badger Cheese Haus, chocolate gourmet dessert mixes at Mississippi Marketplace and a votive candle holder filled with chocolates at Ayers Pottery.

For more information on the Chocolate Extravaganza, go to HistoricHannibalMO.com.

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