Such was the spirit at the third annual Chocolate Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The festival was a fundraiser to support a youth missions trip. Along with the Pie in the Eye feature were old-fashioned cake walks, a chocolate cookie baking contest, a silent auction and sales of all things chocolate.
Twelve-year-old Colton Duvall of Smithsburg indulged in chocolate fudge, while Chris Mitchell, 15, devoured a chocolate peanut butter brownie. Nearby, Christian Rejonis, 14, savored a still-warm peanut-covered brownie.
"I like coming here and talking to people and eating chocolate," Rejonis said. "Everybody loves chocolate."
Keith and Virginia Forrester of Smithsburg donned T-shirts with the Hershey's Milk Chocolate logo. Virginia snatched some brownies while Keith scored white and dark chocolate-covered strawberries with sprinkles. Then they set their sights on the boxed chocolates.
Downstairs in the church basement, Ann Shilling of Smithsburg led children in making crafts and valentines adorned with, of course, chocolate. Just beyond them in the next room, the film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" played on the TV.
Josie Snyder, 9, of Hagerstown, attended the festival with her grandmother, Janice Jamison. Josie made a craft while she looked forward to using the chocolate fondue fountain.
"I like the pretzels covered in chocolate fondue. I think it's fun," she said.
Lianetta Ruettgers, 70, went to the festival with a group from Manassas, Va. Ruettgers said Johnson used to be a pastor at her church.
"We came up to see the festival. We know about the chocolate festival so we said, 'Let's get a little busload.' We've had a great time. I even won a cake in the cake walk. A chocolate cake. The best one!" Ruettgers said.
Johnson said he expected the festival to draw more than 300 people and to raise around $2,500.