The Becker County Museum's first Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser on Thursday - also known as Valentine's Day - was a success, according to museum director Becky Mitchell.

"It went really well," she said. "We're definitely going to do it again next year."

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The fundraiser actually had two parts: Pre-order of trays packed with chocolate treats of every description, for delivery or pickup on Valentine's Day; and an early evening event where people could come into the museum and pick out their own trays of chocolate, enjoy chocolate-flavored refreshments, and view all of the museum's exhibits, including a display of vintage valentines and love letters.

The number of pre-ordered trays made the fundraiser a resounding success, due in no small part to the abundance of chocolate treats supplied by local businesses, Mitchell said.

"We were so fortunate to have such a variety of chocolate items donated," she added. "We had everything from chocolate torte and cheesecake to brownies, cookies, fudge, and lots and lots of chocolate candies. We even had a few people come in this afternoon (after the pre-order deadline) looking for trays, and we were able to accommodate them.

As for the evening portion of the fundraiser, "attendance was pretty steady," Mitchell said, adding that while they would have liked to have more people, the subzero temperatures and blowing snow on Thursday made for inhospitable traveling conditions, so they were satisfied with the event overall.

For next year's event, she added, they would probably expand the evening celebration, to include live music and some other activities for guests.