About 300 visitors braved the weekend's heat and humidity to attend the Gender Road Business Alliance's third annual Taste of Canal Winchester on June 26.

About 300 visitors braved the weekend's heat and humidity to attend the Gender Road Business Alliance's third annual Taste of Canal Winchester on June 26.

Kim Rankin, president of the Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce, said that compares to the 500 people who attended last year.

"It was probably the economy," she said of the lower attendance and a decreased number of food vendors participating in Taste of Canal Winchester. Only seven restaurants participated compared to 10 last year, Rankin said.

Even so, she said, the Taste event "is an opportunity for the business community to show what it has to offer different restaurants and other business," Rankin said.

The day also included a business expo where 25 area businesses set up booths, passed out brochures or gave demonstrations, Rankin said. She said business owners like the opportunity to showcase their companies.

"I had (a business owner) who just left the office. He was excited to have the exposure to the residents of the community to help promote his business," she said Monday.

Vendors this year were Super Suppers Canal, Winchester Place Nursing, Altercare of Canal Winchester, Waffle House, Shawna Lee's Kitchen, Winchester Tea Room and Las Margaritas.

Musical entertainment was provided by the Canal Winchester High School Steel Drum Band and the rock band DV8. Rankin said several members of DV8 played with McGuffey Lane in the 1990s and recently reunited to form the new group.

"It helps to have music there to entertain people while they enjoy the Canal Winchester cuisine," Rankin said.

Taste of Canal organizers expanded the children's opportunities a little this year, she said. PlayNation Ohio brought a portable playground and Coleeta Daycare offered face-painting and provided balloons. Sunny 95 brought a treat truck and gave away free ice cream to everyone.

Taste of Canal Winchester was held on the grounds of the McDorman car dealership and the Bob McDorman museum, showcasing Corvette memorabilia, was open to the public for the day.

Waffle House, a new vendor this year, gave away door prizes every half hour, Rankin said.

Taste of Canal Winchester sponsors this year were the Canal Winchester Convention and Visitors Bureau, Altercare Rehabilitation Center, ReMax Champions, Fairfield National Bank, Bob McDorman Chevrolet, Diley Ridge Medical Center and Nifco.

Denise Wingard (left) of Winchester Place Nursing and Rehab Center offers some food to Mike and Nick Kulin during the Taste of Canal at Bob McDorman Chevrolet Saturday, June 26. (Below) from left, Lily Adams, Ed Lowe and drummer Brian Patzer of the group, DV8, play. (Bottom) Todd Sprague and his son, Griffin, take in the music.