LAURINBURG — Aromas were in the air as ticket holders drifted into the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church Thursday night during the Scotland County Literacy Council’s 20th annual Taste of the Town.
Vendors hastily moved to get the final touches on food and drinks to serve the hungry crowd of about 200 people. This year’s theme was LOL – Love of Literacy and a few vendors incorporated it into table themes.
This event is a fundraiser for the council to continue serving individuals in the community.
“Usually they just come and bring their food, but this year we challenged them and this year they met the challenge,” Literacy Council Executive Director Janie Adams said.
There was something for everyone wings, burgers, pizza, dessert, beans and rice, popcorn and fresh lemonade.
“We were just excited because this is our 20th taste and there seems to be a little bit more excitement among the vendors,” Adams said. We’re just looking for a good time and of course we always need more, so that’s what we’re here for. We’re just excited to be here.”
State Rep.Garland Pierce gave a $100 donation to the council.
Diners Cora Johnson and Melissa Locklear, both of Laurinburg, have a personal connection to the event. They each uses the Literacy Council services and said they see the benefits of the money raised.
“I look forward to the people, the fundraising and trying the different foods,” said Johnson, who has been going to the event for years.
She had advice for those who’d never been. “Get your food early because it runs out quickly.”
Locklear said, “I’m trying to take everything in, trying to see where everything’s at, looking to see which way to go first.”
Looking at the many empty plates, participants appeared to be happy with the food served.
“I always enjoy, we’ve been coming for a long time. Wouldn’t miss it for anything,” said Andrew Sledge, a retired educator.
He and his wife Mary Ann said their favorite part is the variety.
“It’s kind of like when you go out to eat and you say to yourself, boy I could of had, I could of had, well guess what, we had it,” he said.
Bernie and Mary Williams also enjoyed the variety of food. Thursday was their third consecutive year at the event.
“We really enjoyed it,” said Mary Williams.
Atlene Rush, a veteran of the event, was all smiles.
“If I am not mistaken, I think I have been every year,” she said. “I enjoy it. It’s very good.”
Maria D. Grandy can be reached at 910-506-3171.