Chocolate Crawl 2018 Recap


Just a bit more than a week before Valentine’s Day, Florence Main Street hosted our 4th Annual Chocolate Crawl! This year was just as great as the rest with delicious chocolate treats that were to die for and new businesses to visit as well as our returning favorites!

Tickets this year sold out 3 days before the event and even though it was cold out, we had a great crowd!  We saw so many new faces and heard a lot of positive feedback from the patrons.  Many of them said it was the best year yet!

On top of that, ticket holders enjoyed 15% off their purchases as well as a chocolate treat at participating businesses. Grier Insurance even gave away dinner for 2 at Ricatoni’s to one lucky winner!

This year’s chocolate treat winner was Cloth & Stone with their Chocolate Wine Cake!  Great job to the Cloth & Stone team, we heard crawlers raving about that treat and the store it was in all day.

A very close second was Miss Beth’s Tailoring and Alterations with their Oreo Bon Bons!  Miss Beth’s was a first time participant in the crawl this year and nearly clenched the victory, so congratulations to all involved; everyone seemed very impressed.  

A few honorable mentions this year were North Alabama Chiropractic’s Chocolate Covered Bacon, Jack O’ Lantern Farm’s Mocha Turnovers, and Printers and Stationer’s Mini Cannoli’s, but there were many more amazing treats as well that were very well made and well received.

We can’t thank the participants enough.  The bar had already been set high by the previous years and the ball was still knocked out of the park by each and every one of you!  

If you missed out this year, don’t worry; there’s always next year! If you love bacon, be on the lookout for our Bacon Fest in June that will include our annual Bacon Crawl!

Vote For Your Favorite 2016 Bacon Crawl T-Shirt Design

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The top 5 designs have been selected by our panel of judges and now it is time for you to vote for your favorite! Voting ends July 30th, 2016 and the winning design will be announced on July 31st.
To place your vote click here.




Bacon Crawl 2016

Get ready #Bacon lovers and mark your calendars now!! Florence Main Street is bringing the Bacon Crawl back to downtown Florence this fall!

How it works:
Participating merchants will have samples of all types of bacon treats for ticket holders to enjoy while they shop hop through downtown. For example, one store might have Bacon Pancake dippers and the next store could have Maple Caramel Bacon Bark, either way you will want to taste everything while you explore downtown Florence!

Be sure to follow this event for updates and exciting new things added to the event as our planning progresses. We’re so excited!

Ticket sales will begin August 1.
Tickets will only be sold IN ADVANCE (no day of tickets will be available).
There will be a limited number of tickets available.

Ticket prices August 1 – August 31
$15 at the office
$16 online (including a $1 processing fee)

Ticket prices Sept 1 until event is sold out:
$20 at the office
$21 online (including a $1 processing fee)

Florence Main Street
301 North Pine Street
Florence, AL 35630

Business hours:
Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm
Friday 8am – 12pm

Bacon Crawl T-Shirt Design Challenge

Florence Main Street is looking for ‘creatives’…designers, artists, or even doodlers… to submit original artwork, designs, or drawings for our official 2016 Bacon Crawl t-shirt.  There’s even a $500 cash award for the selected design.  As this is the second year this event has happened, Main Street is hoping for an image that illustrates how much fun and how tasty the Bacon Crawl will be this September in downtown Florence.  Below are the details and requirements which must be followed.

Design Requirements:
The following information must be included within the design
1.   Event details –
            a) Title: Downtown Bacon Crawl presented by Florence Main Street
            b) Date: September 10, 2016
c) Location: Downtown Florence
d) Website:
2.  Size cannot exceed 10.5 inches in width and 15 inches in length (best size to fit on back of t-shirt).
3.  Up to 2 colors may be used in the design.
4.  Select the color of the t-shirt that best fits your design. T-shirt colors are listed below and will be posted at in a blog post about the t-shirt design contest.  
5.  OPTIONAL Referenced Themes: Bacon, Pork, Pigs, Downtown Florence, Shopping and/or dining.

6.  Additional information – shirts will be screen printed locally, therefore please submit designs that, in your opinion will screen print well.

Eligibility & Age Requirements

This contest is open to all artists, professional, amateur, and student alike. If you are under the age of 18, you must ask your parent or guardian permission before entering this contest. The contest is open to any student (K-12).

Terms & Qualifications

A limit of two submissions per person ONLY.
Submit only original work. All designs must not contain copyrighted material and they cannot have previously won any awards.
The winning design will become property of Florence Main Street and may be used for other marketing purposes.
By participating, you agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Florence Main Street from any and all liability, loss, damage or injury resulting from participation in this contest.

How to Enter:
*All emails should have the subject line “Bacon Crawl T-shirt Contest – First and Last Name.”
a. T-shirt design

b. Registration Form (Click here for the form)

Email design submission to in JPEG, PDF, or GIF format in high resolution (300dpi) not to exceed 8MB in size.  Be prepared to submit the original drawing, Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop (vector art) files if your design is chosen.

Molly Austin, Event Coordinator

Deadline for submissions: Friday, July 22nd, 12pm (noon).  NO EXCEPTIONS! 
Evaluation of Design Submissions:
A panel of judges will select the top 5 designs and those designs will be put out to the community via a Facebook Poll to vote on their favorite from July 23rd – 29th.  The winning design will be announced on July 30th on our website and social media outlets.  A prize of $500 cash prize will be paid to the winner on the receipt of print-ready artwork.
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Prize for the Best Design: $500 CASH PRIZE

Selections of t-shirt colors that will best fit the artist’s design.

Our goal with this project is to give all creativity to the artist and we hope everyone has fun with the contest.

Keep in mind the artist may submit up to 2 designs per person for the contest. You may pick 1 or 2 colors of t-shirts that will make the graphic stand out the most.

Good luck to everyone!