Taste of Farmville is Thursday

Published 3:42 pm Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Farmville Rotary Club will host it’s annual Taste of Farmville event Thursday from 5-8 p.m. This will be the 13th year the organization has hosted this fundraiser, according to a press release.

It will be held at the STEPS Center, located on Industrial Park Road in Farmville.

“Please remember that all proceeds go back to the community to help nonprofit organizations,” an event spokesperson said.

Tickets may be bought in advance for $10 for adults and $5 for children. There will also be tickets available at the door for adults and children at $15 and $7, respectively.

Tickets are available for purchase at Benchmark Community Bank, Citizens Bank and Real Living Cornerstone.

“We’ve got about 30 vendors right now,” said Rotary Club Member Debbie Savage. “A lot of the same old good ones that everybody loves.”

The big hitters will be The Fishin’ Pig, Bojangles, Granny B’s Market and Farmville Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, she said. Those who attend will have an opportunity to try homemade food from each of the vendors.

Savage said the club’s goal is to host as many guests — if not more — as it did during last year’s event.

Last year’s event saw 800 people in attendance and raised about $4,000.

“The funds are going back into the community. There’s a couple big-ticket items we’re working on,” said Savage, noting that the club is considering several community projects for the money raised.

One of the projects the club is considering is the Grove Street Park, Savage said, though the donation hasn’t been finalized yet.

“It’s a cute little park, but it’s got such old equipment,” she said.

Savage said the community can expect the Taste of Farmville event to be similar to last year’s. “We’re not going to change something that’s working well,” she said.

“It’s an inexpensive way to have a lot of fun. You will not go home hungry — you just won’t,” Savage said.

“The thing that’s so warm, to me, about the event is how many people connect with people they don’t see everyday — old friends, old neighbors and old relatives.”

For more information, contact a Rotary Club member or Savage at (434) 547-7232.