Taste of Wilson returns for its fifth year with even more tidbits to tempt tasters.
About 20 restaurants and caterers will offer some of their signature fares, and 25 Market Place vendors plus Lebanon square retail merchants will be open for business for shoppers Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Lebanon square.
Returning by popular demand, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings, Lebanon Councilor Rob Cesternino, Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenny Martin and 2012 Chamber Board Chair Chris Crowell will compete in a grill-off.
New this year, a Kids’ Zone will offer inflatables, the fire ladder truck, face painting and free balloons.
Additionally, local authors Terry Ashe, Connie Minick, Al Ashworth, Mark Cheatham, Elaine Mount and Michael West will be on hand to autograph copies of their books.
Also new this year, Wilson Bank and Trust will present a 7:30 p.m. showing of the Michael Keaton classic, “BeetleJuice,” at the Capitol Theatre.
Tickets for the event are $20 for adults in advance and $20 on the night of event; $5 for children 6-12; and children 5 and under are free. Tickets for the movie are $10, and they may be purchased in advance or the night of the event.
“We hope everyone will come down because all the proceeds will benefit the education programs of the chamber,” said Sue Vanatta, president of the Lebanon-Wilson Chamber of Commerce.
Programs to benefit include Wilson CountyBooks from Birth, grants for Wilson County teachers, scholarships for graduating Wilson County seniors and Tennessee Scholars graduates.
“Where else for $20 can you shop, eat and for an extra $10 go the movie?” said Vanatta.