Tickets for the annual Taste of Crawford County will go on sale June 20.

The fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Crawford County is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2, in the courtyard area at the Van Buren High School Freshman Academy, 821 E. Pointer Trail.

Two sessions are scheduled – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Taste of Crawford also benefits the boys and girls clubs of Alma and Van Buren as well as CASA.

CASA currently is seeking food and non-food vendors to participate in Taste of Crawford County, according to Celeste Lewis, executive director of CASA.

More than 20 food vendors participated in last year’s Taste of Crawford County.

Food and non-food vendors interested in participating should contact CASA at (479) 474-8502 or (479) 474-4300.

Tickets for Taste of Crawford County will be $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

They are available at Van Buren Chamber of Commerce, 510 Main St.; Delta Investments, 1110 Main St., Van Buren; and Crawford County Adult Education Center, 605 Alma Boulevard Circle, Van Buren.

Taste of Crawford County will feature a silent auction with close to 60 items, according to TOCC chair Janie Simmons.

Simmons said TOCC also is seeking sponsors for the fundraising event.

Grass Roots Construction will be the presenting sponsor.

Other sponsors are Fab Tech Inc., Jack’s Motor Co., Consolidated Printing, Hawkins-Weir Engineers Inc., Hubbs, Belcher & Co. CPAs, State Rep. Charlene Fite, Delta Investment Management and Financial Center Inc., and Elite Roofing.

Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Pepper Source and Bekaert Corp. are wristband sponsors.

The National CASA Association is a network of CASA and guardian ad litem programs that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates in 49 states.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. The volunteers watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children.

Last year, more than 86,995 CASA volunteers helped more than 280,316 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes. Another 432,677 children are waiting for a volunteer empowered to find them a safe, permanent home.