Let the Hannibal festival season begin.

Even though the long-range forecast for this weekend calls for a chance of snow Friday, cold Saturday and a tolerable Sunday (not very spring-like), the first of Hannibal's plethora of weekend festivals kicks off with the 11th annual Chocolate Extravaganza.

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According to the Historic Downtown Hannibal website, this weekend is all about fun, friends and, of course, chocolate.

To get the full Chocolate Extravaganza experience, they encourage you to purchase your chocolate Passport. Your passport information of specials at businesses throughout the downtown area, along with special coupons that will more than pay for the cost of the passport.

If you don't a passport, that's okay. There will be plenty of specials and, of course, chocolate to enjoy.

The businesses and the chocolate-themed specials they will be offering this weekend include:

Annie Rose Boutique – Erimish Bracelets
AVA Goldworks – Sterling Silver Bead Earrings
Ayers Pottery – Pottery Wine Cup
Badger Cheese Haus – Cheese and Chocolate
Bits & Pieces – Pocket Sewing Kit
Cave Hollow Winery – Wine & Chocolate Dessert
Chocolaterie Stam – Euro Bag of Bon Bons
Danni Nicole’s – Assorted Boutique Accessories
Dutch Country General Store – ¼ pound Piper’s Homemade Chocolate
Finn’s Food & Spirits – Chocolate Martini
Gallery 310 – Artist Created Wine Glasses or Wine Charms
Hannibal History Museum – Hot Cocoa Bombs
Java Jive – Cheesecake or Coffee & Dessert Bar
LaBinnah Bistro – Free Dessert with Entrée Purchase
Main Street Wine Stoppe – Chocolate Pudding Shots
Mark Twain Book & Gift Shop – Handmade Earrings & Chocolate
Mark Twain Museum – Gourmet Chocolate Bar
Mark Twain Brewing Co. – Coffee Stout and chocolate brownie
Mark Twain Dinette/Paddlebox Games & Gifts – Variety of games & gifts
Mississippi Marketplace – Country Home Sweet Dip Mix
Native American Trading Co – Navajo Made Dream Catcher
Robin’s Egg Blue – Chocolate Egg & $5 gift card
Savannah’s – Chocolate Muffins
The Brick Oven – Miniature Wine Bottle
The Powder Room – Chocolate Parafin Dip & Martini
Traveler’s Boutique – Cocoa Bombs

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