A variety of food and trucks, sidewalk shopping and opportunities to learn more about local products and services will be available at this year's Taste of Pickerington and Fall Festival.

A variety of food and trucks, sidewalk shopping and opportunities to learn more about local products and services will be available at this year’s Taste of Pickerington and Fall Festival.

For the 14th consecutive year, the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Taste of Pickerington at the intersection of Columbus and Center streets in the Olde Pickerington Village.

This year’s event on Saturday, Oct. 1, also will mark the sixth year the chamber’s Fall Fest will be held in conjunction with Taste of Pickerington.

Both events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It’s very short and sweet,” said Helen Mayle, Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce president. “There is no fee to attend and it’s a lot of fun.”

As of Sept. 23, nine restaurants and one caterer had signed up to participate in Taste of Pickerington, she said.

That portion of the event allows attendees to taste selections from participating restaurants and caterers for $1 per sample.

“You only have to pay $1 to try something from someone,” Mayle said. “If you’re a big eater, this is the place to come. You can come down and eat, and you can take food home for your (Michigan State-Ohio State) game party.”

As has become tradition, the Taste also will feature a chicken wing eating contest between football players from Pickerington High School Central and PHS North.

After two straight years of defeat, North prospered in last year’s contest and will be defending its crown this weekend.

Not to be outdone, members of the Pickerington Police Department will try to win their first title after being defeated last year by the Violet Township Fire Department in the chamber’s inaugural pizza-eating contest.

Besides food, Mayle noted, there will be opportunities for visitors to peruse Olde Pickerington Village shops during the Taste of Pickerington and Fall Fest.

Additionally, she said, the Fall Fest will feature more than 30 vendors from Pickerington, Violet Township and beyond who will sell a variety of products and will provide information about products and services.

“There will be everybody there from Massage Envy to banks and orthodontists,” Mayle said. “Our Fall Fest vendors are offering multiple items and services, and there will be lots of information available about them.”

Fall Fest this year also will feature a visit by Pickerington Public Library representatives, who will offer children’s arts and crafts and other entertainment.

Additionally, the Fall Fest will include a “Touch-a-Truck” component. Businesses, agencies and organizations such as the Pickerington Police Department and Violet Township Fire Department will bring in heavy-duty utility vehicles for spectators to see up close.

“We’ve had this in the past, but this year it’s huge,” Mayle said. “This should be a lot of fun for everyone.”

More information about the Taste of Pickerington and Fall Fest can be found on the chamber’s website at www.pickeringtonchamber.com.

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