Taste of Coshocton draws crowd for a cause

| August 10, 2018

COSHOCTON – Dorothy Manning was determined to be first in line for United Way of Coshocton County’s Taste of Coshocton.

“I got here at 4 p.m.,” she said. “I love this because it helps the community.”

The annual United Way fundraiser was held Aug. 9 at Lake Park Pavilion and Manning was part of a large crowd that was lined up and waiting for the doors to open at 5:30 p.m. With her was Susan Tatro who Manning said should get an award for coming the farthest.

“I came from Alabama,” Tatro said. “I’ve been gone from Coshocton since 1977, but I’ve come back and gone to this before.”

Also waiting in line and prepared with containers to take leftovers home was Judy Odle.

“I’ve been to this before so I know I’ll need these,” she said. “I like all the choices and varieties of food they have. I always have a favorite though and that’s Schumaker’s.”

Schumaker Farms was one of 16 food vendors who offered samplings of their food to ticket holders. Other vendors were: Army Navy, JB’s BBQ, Your Best Barbeque, Katie Bakes, Baker’s Catering, Coffee Connection, Grand Mom Minnie’s, Hannah Marie’s, Healthy’s, Medbery Marketplace, Olde Thyme Country Market, Papa John’s, Pearl Valley Cheese, the Warehouse, and The Yard.

Taylor Silknitter was one of many volunteers who helped make the event run smooth.

“I was on the student advisory board last year and helped out with this,” she said. “It was fun and I loved it. When a board member asked me to help again this year I said I’d love to. I like seeing all the people and talking to everyone.”

Silknitter was manning the bottled water table and was looking forward to getting to eat.

“I’m looking forward to trying what the Warehouse has,” she said. “I’ve been working right beside them and it smells great.”

Lyn Mizer, director of United Way, was very appreciative of all the volunteers and people who attended Taste of Coshocton.

“I love this event,” she said. “It’s a great community event and shows how well we can all work together. It also helps all our agencies who have programs that are so important to Coshocton. People understand that too and that is why they give.”

Taste of Coshocton kicks off United Way’s annual fundraising campaign, which once again has the goal of $350,000. This year’s campaign corporate sponsor is Buckeye Brine who started off the fundraising with a $18,000 donation.

“They have given us close to $150,000 in the past six years,” Mizer said. “Thanks to them we are already 5 percent to goal.”

For more on United Way of Coshocton County, visit www.coshoctonunitedway.org.

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    I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!