Crowd pleasing event and fundraiser returns

Published 12:42 pm Saturday, May 14, 2022

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The Rotary Club of Farmville hosted its annual Taste of Farmville event, Thursday, April 28, following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

What began in 2005 as a “Celebrity Chili Cook Off” in the Fuqua School gymnasium quickly out grew its humble beginnings and in just a few short years moved into the former STEPS building. In 2019 the event was moved to The Sportsman’s Arena, where it is held today.

By tradition area restaurants, services and businesses set up as hosts and serve a wide variety of foods to sample and taste. This years hosts were Centra Southside Medical Center, Natural Phuel, North Street Press Club, Fishin’ Pig, Prince Edward County Schools, Citizens Bank & Trust Company, Dr. and Mrs. Shashi Ayer, Edward Jones Investments-Kerby Moore, Piedmont Habitat for Humanity, Prince Edward Ruritan Club, Benchmark Community Bank, Elizabeth Whiley, Stonefield Farm, Suzanne Moore, Bojangles, David’s Soul Food and Glo’s Girls Tastee Delights.

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To accommodate the growing crowds two-seatings were available this year. Another first, was live entertainment. Crowd pleasers, Marcus Pendgrass on keyboard and Farmville Rotarian Cannon Watson on guitar, provided the music.

When asked about this years event Rotary Club of Farmville President Jenn Kinne had this to say, “It was exciting to offer the Taste of Farmville to the community after the two-year break. Our planning committee with Rhonda Arnold at the lead worked hard and hosted a flawless event. The addition of music and two-seating time slots was a brilliant move by the committee and very well received by vendors and attendees.”

All the proceeds of the Taste of Farmville event are used to assist various nonprofit organizations in the community with improvements and projects.