WADSWORTH — Sizzling temperatures did little to deter the crowds that came Wednesday evening to the sixth annual Taste of Wadsworth.
Hosted by the nonprofit group Downtown Wadsworth, Jeanne Chesko, co-chair of Taste of Wadsworth, said the event is one of the least-expensive ways for a family to get a “taste” of the downtown area.
“New people have moved in, and maybe they don’t know their way around town yet,” Chesko said. “This is just a way to get people down here and keep them in the community.”
Of the 22 vendors that participated, about half are in downtown Wadsworth. There was no cost to set up, and vendors earned 70 cents on every dollar. Thirty cents was put toward Downtown Wadsworth’s budget to set up and promote similar community events throughout the year, Chesko said.
“All of our events are free,” she said. “We do an Easter egg hunt, the Craft and Herb Festival, a sidewalk sale and a pig roast. In the fall, we do a ghost walk and Scare on the Square.”
Most of the vendors were restaurants ranging from Ann’s Pastry Shop, 121 High St., to finger foods from Cleats Club Seat Grille, 469 College St.
Whoever sells the most, which is yet to be determined, will receive a plaque, committee member Betty Long said.
Ann’s Pastry Shop won last year.
Todd Power, owner of Sonnet’s, 117 College St., said the event heats up friendly rivalries among local businesses, but it is also a way for them to support one another.
When the grill for The Galaxy, 201 Park Center Drive, broke, Power’s cook worked double-time to make burgers, ribs and chicken for his neighbor.
“Winning is pure ego, but we have a friendly rivalry, or at least I hope it’s a friendly rivalry,” he said. “If we all do well, everybody does well.”
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