Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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November 12, 2013

Five times as good for Taste of the Valley — That yummy occasion where one doesn’t have to pick which mouthwatering aroma to follow for a good meal is only a couple of days from returning to Pauls Valley.

Back again for the fifth time in a row Thursday, Nov. 14, Taste of the Valley will once again be combining the flavor of almost every eatery in town with a good cause that will help out the school’s band students.

Organized once again by band parent Brad Wood, there isn’t much to the formula which convinces people to come back as it goes from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Garvin County Fairgrounds’ main building.

“This is the fifth year for this,” said Wood. “We’ve tweaked a few things here and there, but the formula has worked pretty well.”

It’s a cause that Wood points out has done a lot of good for students in the band, either buying needed items like instruments or in this year’s case, preparing for a trip that will take them to the nation’s capital to play in the Memorial Day parade.

With a minimum goal of $10,000, they hope to knock off as much off the cost of the trip for students as possible, which quickly adds up since 65 participants are planning to go.

Really the only drawback for Wood is that there never seems to be quite enough space due to how popular it is with residents. Even after it moved from the where it used to be held at the Bosa Community Center to the fairgrounds there is expected to be anywhere from 800 to 1,000 people come to check out the 16 vendors listed on their poster.

To help and provide a little extra room there will be a tent set up outside the building with extra seating and people are encouraged to come any time in the two hour time frame as each restaurant will have plenty of samples on hand.

“We’ve run out of large enough venues to do something like this,” said Wood, who still has one kid, Nathan, who is still in the band as a tuba player. “It gets pretty congested in there…. We’re hoping to spread it out and get people to move through quicker.”

Tickets won’t be too hard to find as all the band students will be selling them ahead of time for $10 each as well as at the PV Chamber of Commerce downtown and the high school, though they can also be bought at the door the day of for $15 a person, said Wood.

Wood offered the most thanks to the businesses who have stepped up from the beginning to donate their time and food to the event. He believes it only serves to benefit them in the end as people tend to eat at them later on and brings more attention from all over the area.

“I think it’s good for the schools, good for the businesses,” said Wood, noting how other vendors will also be taken even if they decide to give a call the day before. “A lot of people will support those businesses because they are giving back... There are several who have been there since the beginning.”

There will also be inflatable pay to play areas kids can take advantage of and a silent auction per tradition to add to the fundraising.

For more information or to sign up for a restaurant booth call the high school at 405-238-3100 or Wood at 405-207-6306.

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