Taste of Cass Co. adapts to construction

J&A's Woodfired Pizza will be one of eight food vendors at the 14th annual Taste of Cass County. File photo

Construction doesn’t stop good taste.

So this year, the 14th annual Taste of Cass County is still going on, even with the construction happening along Melbourne Avenue.

It will, however, move to the Farmer’s Market area on Fourth Street between Market Street and the depot.

It won’t be as roomy as the Little Turtle Waterway, but it will comfortably house the eight Cass County restaurants, two adult beverage tents and three local bands playing, said Becki Harris, executive director for Logan’s Landing.

Along with the change of venue, there’s something new this year.

The Cass County Roosters will hold a car show in the Trine University parking lot with registration from 3-5 p.m., awards given at 7 p.m. and music from the ’50s to ’70s playing during it all.

There will also be 10-12 soapbox derby cars on display, an acknowledgement of the Rooster’s Jaycees roots.

“We want to start something that’s a tradition and that we can have fun with,” said event chairman Ralph Colter.

The Roosters only intended to have the car show, not necessarily to become part of the Taste.

“That date worked out when we looked at all the car shows in the area,” he said.

It will be a chance to draw more people down for the Taste, Colter said.

Also new are two restaurants — Mimzy’s Café from Walton and La Fiesta of Logansport — and Shively’s BBQ and Catering are returning after a year’s absence.

The All-American Hotdog Eating Contest will return for a sixth year, and the Kid’s Korner will be by the gazebo from 5-8 p.m.

Children’s activities will include one-handed penny stacking, face painting, flower pot decorating, hula hooping and a giant Jenga.

The bands playing will start with Almost There, which Harris described as a classic rock-style band. The hot dog eating contest will follow, then the second musical act will be The Grace Scott Band, which plays southern rock. The band Twisted Circus will end the evening.

This year, the stage will be on asphalt, so people should keep that in mind, said Harris. Usually, people spread blankets on the grass for the bands.

“This year, we’re urging them to bring lawnchairs,” she said.

The Taste runs from 5 p.m. to midnight with tickets costing $1 each or $3 per family. Visitors can have their hand stamped so they can return any time during the evening, Harris said. Food tickets are $1 each, and food will cost one to five tickets each item.

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117

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