Taste the Town holds 20th benefit on Thursday

Staff report

LAURINBURG – The “LOL” theme of Thursday’s 20th annual Taste of the Town stands for “Love of Literacy” — but there will be plenty of smiles to go around with plentiful helpings of food from eateries around Scotland County.

The event, which benefits the Scotland County Literacy Council, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.

Tickets are $12 for adults; for children 10 and under tickets are $6. They can be purchased in advance from Art by Design, Harley’s Tuxedo, Quick Copier and the Scotland County Literacy Council. Tickets are also available at the door.

Some 20 food vendors will be on hand with a selection of their most popular dishes to provide an eclectic all-you-can-eat buffet.

Judges for this year are Erin Rembert, executive director of the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, Sandy Callan and Brenda Gilbert. They will choose a top chef, best dessert and best table presentation.

WLNC’s Gary Gallman and Laurinburg Presbyterian pastor Neal Carter will provide the music. Some local talents will also perform.

Table sponsors are Campbell Soup Company, Service Thread and Living Water Church of God. Door prizes have been donated by Belk, Greek Village, Scotland Motors as well as some individuals. Tyris Jones will serve as the master of ceremonies. The auctioneer will be Dave Wells of WLNC.

Money raised during Taste of the Town is used for operating expenses, the organization’s general fund, and for instructional materials.

Since 1976, the literacy council has offered free guidance to those hoping to improve their literacy skills, prepare for GED and WorkKeys tests, or learn English as a second language.

For information or tickets call 910-276-7007.

Staff report

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