Third Cookie Walk on tap

By Ray Scherer

The Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce and the local business community are combining efforts to present the Third Annual Cookie Walk later this month.

The Cookie Walk is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; and Saturday, Dec. 19, said Chamber Executive Director Melissa Lensing.

"We hope we'll sell out," Lensing said, referring to the 300 tickets that have been set aside for this year's event. A total of 200 tickets sold out in the walk's first year, and last year's program sold out at 300.

A cookie bag will serve as a ticket for the walk. A whole family could purchase just one bag as their ticket and still be able to receive cookies from each participating business.

"It's still something fun the family can do together," said Lensing.

Two cookies will be presented at each of the businesses. The commemorative Cookie Walk shopping bag will be emblazoned with a special logo.

The chamber is again sponsoring the walk and chose to spread the schedule over two days. The pandemic is one reason, and weather is another.

"It allows more time and space," Lensing said.

A second day for the walk also serves as a backup in case of inclement conditions.

This year, the chamber is working with 4-H in creating the cookies for businesses unable to provide their own treats. As of Nov. 25, a total of 11 businesses had signed up for the walk. Lensing said her goal, given the virus, will be 15. The past two years have featured around 20 participants. The chamber is also coordinating involvement by the Hermann Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary, with the prospect of adding Fire Station Two to the cookie route.

"It is limited to the Downtown businesses," said Lensing of participants. "The intent is for everyone to walk to the businesses."

A door prize will be presented, in a drawing based on completed tickets that show all businesses were visited. Proceeds from the walk go back into a fund to prepare for the 2021 event.