Local flavor, as well as eating and talent contests, will highlight this weekend's annual Taste of Pickerington & Fall Fest in Olde Pickerington Village.

Local flavor, as well as eating and talent contests, will highlight this weekend's annual Taste of Pickerington & Fall Fest in Olde Pickerington Village.

For the 10th consecutive year, the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce will put local culinary and entertainment talents on display Saturday, Oct. 3.

The annual Taste of Pickerington & Fall Fest will be held at the corner of Columbus and Center streets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's free to attend.

Thirteen restaurants have signed on to participate in this year's "Taste" portion of the event. Visitors will have a chance to sample food from each for $1 per serving.

"This is our 10th year," said Helen Mayle, Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce president. "It's always bigger and better each year.

"You can taste the local restaurants' foods. It's $1 a taste, and they're usually pretty large samples."

As part of the Taste of Pickerington, visitors can vote for their favorite participating restaurant. The winner will leave with the "Purple Spatula" trophy.

Additionally, football players from Pickerington High School Central and Pickerington High School North will face off in a chicken-wing eating contest.

"UNO's Pizzeria won (the Purple Spatula) last year, they're going to try to win it back this year," Mayle said. "Last year, Central won the wing-eating contest, and I'm sure they're going to try hard to get the trophy back."

Combined with the Taste is the annual Fall Fest, which features offerings from at least 30 local businesses, health screenings and children's activities, including story-telling and a chance to meet local law enforcement officers.

Additionally, the Fall Fest will once again showcase local talent.

"We have a talent show and if people want to participate, they just need to call the chamber," Mayle said. "It's any kind of talent: singing, dancing, whatever.

"We have cash prizes for that," she said. "I know right now we have a singer, a dancer and a violin player."

Last year, Mayle said, between 6,000 and 7,000 people attended the Taste of Pickerington and Fall Fest. She's hoping for a similar turnout this year, and noted the event will be over well before kickoff of the Ohio State-Indiana football game, which is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday.

To register for the talent contest or obtain more information regarding the Taste of Pickerington & Fall Fest, call the chamber at (614) 837-1958.

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