By Thomas Sellers Jr.
What started 10 years ago in the Millington Civic Center Gymnasium has grown into a Flag City tradition still bringing out new faces.
For the 10th year, the Taste of Millington presented by the Millington Rotary Club and Patriot Bank was held.
Once again the venue hosting some of the best food in the Mid-South was the North 82 Gymnasium.
Attending her first Taste of Millington was local resident Sharon Moore. She went around sampling some of the 46 booths featuring food, information and entertainment like Sue and the Lenders presented by Ritter Communications.
“This is a great turnout,” Rotary member and event chairman Bobby Lowry said. “I’ve been a part of this for 6 years and this is my fourth year as the chairman. It gets bigger every year.
“This is the biggest thing we do every year at Rotary,” he added. “It helps pay for scholarships for students, the dictionary program for third graders and our rotary Young Life program.”
Other good cause featured at the Taste of Millington was Young Life with several Millington Central High School students in attendance. The Millington Crisis Center was represented and Mid-South Convoy of Hope hosted a booth.
Convoy invited guest and Country Music singer Brian Collins to feature his music and foundation. The Brian Collins Foundation’s purpose is to bring awareness to missing children.
Collins said he and other non-profit groups want to target human trafficking, kidnapping and the runaway issues. For more information, call 351-8526.
While patrons learned about those causes, they sampled on food from the ribs of Smokin D’s Pit Stop barbecue to nachos from El Toro Taco. While employees of El Toro handed out their featured item tamales, 2-year-old Elizabeth Wiggins kept watch over the table.
Another youthful face in the crowd was 3-year-old Maria Kay Williams. Along with her family she sampled chips and salsa, Blue Bell Ice, Vinegar Jim’s and Old Timer’s.
People of all ages were chatting, dancing and eating the night way. Moore said she was glad she finally came to the Taste of Millington.
“This is great,” she said. “I’m enjoying this and will definitely come back.”