Feedback from crowd-pleasing events and fundraisers – Farmville

The Rotary Club of Farmville hosted its annual Taste of Farmville event on Thursday, April 28, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

What started in 2005 as a “Celebrity Chili Cook Off” in the Fuqua School Gym soon had humble beginnings and within just a few years moved to the old STEPS building. In 2019 the event was moved to The Sportsman’s Arena, where it is held today.

By tradition, restaurants, services and businesses in the area set up as hosts and serve a wide variety of foods to taste and enjoy. This year the hosts were Centra Southside Medical Center, Natural Phuel, North Street Press Club, Fishin’ Pig, Prince Edward County Schools, Citizens Bank & Trust Company, Dr and Mrs Shashi Ayer, Edward Jones Investments-Kerby Moore, Piedmont Habitat for Humanity, Prince Edward Ruritan Club, Benchmark Community Bank, Elizabeth Whiley, Stonefield Farm, Suzanne Moore, Bojangles, David’s Soul Food and Glo’s Girls Tastee Delights.

To accommodate the growing crowds, two places were available this year. Another first was live entertainment. Crowd pleasers, Marcus Pendgrass on keyboard and Farmville Rotarian Cannon Watson on guitar, provided the music.

When asked about this year’s event, Rotary Club of Farmville President Jenn Kinne said, “It was exciting to bring a taste of Farmville to the community after the two-year hiatus. Our planning committee with Rhonda Arnold in the lead worked hard and put together a flawless event. Adding music and two-seat time slots was a brilliant move by the committee and very well received by vendors and attendees alike. »

All proceeds from the Taste of Farmville event are used to help various non-profit organizations in the community with improvements and projects.

Joseph K. Bennett