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Record-breaking festivities in Ridgeway

Charlie Duhamel, owner of Subs and Sweets, will try to break the record by making the world's largest chocolate bar.Charlie Duhamel will try to put Ridgeway in the Guinness Book of World Records on Saturday.

Also known as “Chocolate Charlie”, he will try to make a 240-foot long chocolate bar during Spirit of Christmas festivities.

He and his wife Barbara and many volunteers will pour nearly 400 pounds of Mercken’s chocolate into a length of eavestrough and garnish it with 75 pounds of nuts and candy.

“I used to be in the siding business, you know, eavestroughing. Now I’m in the chocolate business and I just put them together,” he said.

He opened his shop, Subs and Sweets at 1238 Dominion Road in Crescent Park, eight months ago.

The record-breaking bar will be cut up and sold to raise money for breast cancer for about $5 for a six-inch length.

It will easily break the existing record of 11.57 metres or nearly 38 feet.

The work will start around 10 a.m.

Also happening as part of the festival will be an Artisan Art and Food Market at the Sanctuary Centre for the Arts.

Music with Roy Trider starts at 11 a.m. and choirs from Fort Erie Public School and Garrison Road Public School will sing starting at 1 p.m.

Horse and carriage rides will be available from noon to 7 p.m.

Starting at noon, Harry Potter characters and story telling will happen at Sherbet Lemons and again at 3 p.m.

Ross Navaro will give an ice sculpture demonstration at 2 p.m. and Santa will start strolling the streets.

A Christmas light show will take place at the Sanctuary at 5 p.m.

Until Dec. 15, shoppers can enter a draw for a $500 gift basket stuffed with all sorts of goods from local merchants. Every purchase over $20 buys a ballot.

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