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Taste of Shelby County to feature local vendors

Residents pack downtown Shelbyville during the 2016 Taste of Shelby County. The fifth annual event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

By HANNAH GUNNELL - hgunnell@shelbynews.com

The Shelby County Tourism and Visitors Bureau will host its fifth Taste of Shelby County event Friday evening.

The Taste of Shelby County will feature several food, art, beer and wine vendors from around Shelby County. It will be held from the downtown circle to West Washington street (since East Washington is closed for construction) from 6 to 10 p.m. 

“The Taste of Shelby County is an opportunity for local food vendors and artesians to offer their food and art to the community,” said Rachael Ackley, the executive director of the Shelby County Tourism and Visitor’s Bureau.

Some of the vendors include Wild Flour Artists and Bakery, Queens’ Cafe and Dining, Riverfront Taproom, Brandywine Creek, and Waldron Restaurant. 

The Indianapolis-based music group “Tastes Like Chicken” will play for the entire four hours. The 9-member band specializes in upbeat dance music, according to its website. 

Also at the event will be an adult obstacle course, face painting, a photo booth, Cruise-In Car Show, and Silly Safaris, said Ackley. 

The event is “rain or shine,” she said. The vendors will be set up under tents, and there will be tents for attendees to stand under in case of rain. 

Pre-purchase tickets for the Taste of Shelby County are available at the Porter Center, 501 N. Harrison St. in Shelbyville, or at the event. Each ticket is $1, and the tickets will be exchanged with the vendors instead of cash. This is to make the transactions easier, so the vendors don’t have to deal with any money, Ackley said. 

The money from this event will be split 80-20 between the vendors and the Shelby County Tourism and Visitors Bureau, which will put the money toward a scholarship reward given to the winner of the Dish It Out cooking event held annually in April, Ackley said. 

Ackley said she is looking forward to the event. 

“It’s always fun every year just to see not only vendors having a good time, but to see families together having a good time,” she said.