Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 24, 2012

Taste of the Valley set

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — Finding that one place where everyone wants to eat isn’t a discussion that’s easily solved most days of the year, though for one night in Pauls Valley there’s an event where all opinions can be accommodated.

Coming back to the table for the fourth time around is the latest Taste of the Valley, the only multi-restaurant experience for the community and the main Pauls Valley High School band fundraiser, according to event organizer Brad Wood.

Though a few restaurants have come and gone since they started, there will still be about 15 or so serving samples and the money either goes to pay for items from supplies to instruments or like last year’s trip to play at the Sugar Bowl.

“There’s not a lot of extra funds in the budget,” said Wood, noting how the continued growth in number of students 5th to 12th grade has put more demands on an already restricted program.

“We’re hoping for more this year... we have more kids.”

However, the biggest change this time around will be a new place to chomp at the various booths set up as it is moving from where it was at the Bosa Community Center to the Garvin County Fair Barn in Wacker Park, said Wood.

Though it has worked in the previous location, the popularity of the event has made things a bit too cramped to accommodate the hundreds of visitors who trailed outside the building each time.

The event will also be held a bit later than usual, this time on Thursday, Nov. 8, though it will still run from 6 to 8 p.m., said Wood. This was mainly done because of all of the competing student activities, which means it has been harder to justify holding in again in October.

“The fair barn’s got more room.” said Wood. “We’ve really outgrown the Bosa.”

Wood feels it’s a pretty good deal for what one pays to sample as much food as there will be and to buy tickets early, one needs to buy from a member of the band for $10 each.

The goal is to once again raise about $10,000, combined with the return of the silent auction as well.

In the end, the restaurants that return each year don’t mind giving up one night of potential business because being active in the community often pays off in keeping their customers loyal, said Wood.

He also said it’s not too late for businesses to approach him even outside of Pauls Valley to be a part of helping the cause.

“We appreciate the ones who have been with us and those are the restaurants I eat at,” said Wood. “It’s good business.”

Additional chances to support students includes buying sponsorships for $200 each. Tickets at the door are $12.

For more information or to sign up for a restaurant booth call Wood at 405-207-6306.