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Two Jefferson residents share top prize in annual Chocolate Sunday competition

Feb. 17, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Velma Ayers, owner of the Azalea Inn Bed, holds her prize for her taking Marilyn's Tops in Chocolate Cake at Opera House Theatre Players' annual fundraiser Chocolate Sunday. Ayers shared the win with Wes Carter.

There was a double winner in the Opera House Theatre Players new category, Marilyn's Tops In Chocolate Cake, when two entries made by local cooks brought in their cakes for the annual competition and fundraiser Chocolate Sunday.

Winning again for his chocolate truffle cake was Wes Carter, last year's first place overall winner. Sharing first place with him was newcomer Velma Ayers, owner of the Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast who entered her Mounds chocolate cake created from chocolate, coconut vanilla pudding and covered with chocolate icing topped with shaved curls of dark chocolate.

The two each received a gift, a large multipointed gold star sculpture for Ayers and a bottle of wine, which was the 2012 winner of the Jefferson Gold Cup, for Wes Carter.

Ayes also took first prize in the open competition, which covers anything that was made using chocolate. Her entry of chocolate fudge beat out the other entries that included red velvet chocolate balls and chocolate balls dipped with pink icing; chocolate tamales, chocolate crust chocolate pie; chocolate chip cookies, chocolate two-pound cake and chocolate peanut clusters.

Taking second place was Cherry Fisher's "Plain Ole Chocolate Pie." Robbie Fortune's chocolate peanut clusters won third place.

Patrons who came were entertained by the Wonderettes, a four-girl quartet, who sang music from the 1950s and brought the house down with their antics and interaction with the audience, officials said. DJ was Noah Dean.

At the end of the concert, the winners were announced and the audience invited into the dining room of The Hamburger Store where Chocolate Sunday was held to sample all the entries. Judges were Elaine and RMac McFarland.

Theater director Marcia Thomas said there was a full house for the event, which is held yearly near Valentine's Day, and thanked Sammy and Julie Testa, owners of The Hamburger Store, who furnished coffee and water.



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