Sixteen food vendors have been confirmed for the annual Taste of Crawford County.
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 County also benefits the boys and girls clubs of Alma and Van Buren as well as CASA.
Confirmed vendors are Harvest Moon Artesian Bakery, Larry B’s Rhythm Room featuring Hazel’s Gourmet Chicken and Waffles, Carolyn’s Cheesecake House, McAlister’s Deli, Boom-a-Rang Diner, What’s Poppin, Crabtree Farms, Thai Curry, D&R Trolley Stop, Tyson Foods, Platinum Distributing, American Vegetable Soybean and Edamame, Little Caesar’s, The Meat Station, Clean Cookin’, Las Fresas and Savoy Tea Co.
CASA is seeking additional food and non-food vendors to participate in Taste of Crawford County, according to Celeste Lewis, executive director of CASA.
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; Crawford County Adult Education Center, 605 Alma Boulevard Circle, Van Buren; Van Buren Boys and Girls Club, 1400 City Park Road; and Alma Boys and Girls Club, 410 E. Main St.
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 Generations Bank, Elite Roofing, Delta Investments, Press Argus-Courier, Sparks Medical Center, OG&E, Fab Tech Inc., Jack’s Motor Co., Consolidated Printing, Hawkins-Weir Engineers Inc., Hubbs, Belcher & Co. CPAs and State Rep. Charlene Fite.
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.