Anderson’s Candy Shop will celebrate its 100th Anniversary this weekend, June 29 and 30, with a two-day Chocolate Fest in downtown Richmond. To celebrate, the Anderson’s will hand out free bags of their fresh mini donuts, have select candies at 1919 prices and host a community party on the lawn.
The event will feature live music all day Saturday including local trio Sweet-T playing from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and a visit from the adoptable pets of Helping Paws Animal Shelter from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A free bounce house along with face painting will be available for children. The Richmond Spring Grove Area Rotary Club will hold a live corn roast on the candy shop lawn both days of the event. Saturday will end with a free community dance from 5 to 9 p.m. in Memorial Hall, 10308 Main St.
Sunday will kick off at 7 a.m. with a chocolate chip pancake breakfast hosted by the Richmond Township Fire Protection District, also in Memorial Hall.
At 10 a.m. the Community Church of Richmond will host a community worship service on Anderson’s lawn, and at 11:15 a.m. a special 100th anniversary commemoration will follow. Patrons will enjoy free bingo with prizes from noon to 2 p.m. and then live music will fill out the remainder of the afternoon. The candy shop is located at 10301 N. Main St., Richmond.
A large display showing the Anderson’s Candy Shop family’s history will be on display all weekend highlighting changes in the business over the past 100 years, from the founding in Chicago in 1919 to the move to Richmond in 1926, the first calculator and air conditioning installation and beyond.