By Sue Moore
The Taste of Vicksburg, in its second year this June will have some new wrinkles to please the large crowds it generated in 2013, according to Steve McCowen, the main organizer for the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce sponsored event.
Eleven local food purveyors are participating, each one set to showcase a special dish from their restaurant. They will not be as crowded together under one tent as before, McCowen says. The food vendors will be open for tasting from 3 – 7 p.m. up and down Prairie Street. A $1 ticket enables the customer to sample at any given table. Visitors can purchase as many tickets as they like.
The Art Hop from 3-8 p.m. on the same day, will take place on Main Street, with Tanya DeLong of Tanya’s Girl Garage heading up this part of the plan. Artists are being recruited and she expects a good turn-out of local talent. The new owners of the Little Bulldogs Learning Center are planning the family activities out in the closed off area of the street.
A Cut-A-Thon to raise money for Vicksburg High Schools ‘Big Red Machine’ band uniforms is being planned. Volunteer hair stylists will only charge $10 for haircuts from 1-5 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Washington, with the money going entirely to the band’s uniform fund. The contact person is Tanya DeLong for interested people wanting to participate.
The sounds of Dani Jamison’s band will waft up the streets beginning at 6:30. She is well known in these parts because her mother is a teacher at Indian Lake School. She has been traveling to Nashville to write songs, while playing gigs in the SW Michigan area.
The headliner band beginning at 9 and playing until 11 p.m. will be will be the David Shelby band. His first CD was a hit, called Rust Belt Cowboy. He is in production for his second CD.
And, of course there will be beer to taste as well, according to McCowen.