Chocopalooza offers sweets, shopping while supporting a good cause
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Valentine’s Day is this week and local artists and candy-makers convened at the Dahl Arts Center for Chocopalooza on Saturday.
The annual event involves local vendors and bakers that offer jewelry, gifts and plenty of free samples of artisan sweets.
This year the proceeds go toward the Dark Sky Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to reducing light pollution and protecting nocturnal wildlife.
They say Custer State Park is particularly affected by light pollution from Rapid City.
According to Jaclyn Kennison, one of the event’s organizers, “We’re trying to help them raise a little money so they can raise awareness about ways we can keep our community safe and beautiful, and keep our lights down literally and figurative so that the wildlife in our area can thrive.”
Chocopalooza has been happening in the community for nearly a decade.