By Jen Bakken and Ryan Gueningsman
Although not originally planned, the upcoming Taste of Delano Wednesday has turned into a celebration of blacktop on the east side of the Crow River.
Late last week, crews had paved Highway 12 from Ninth Street to Fourth Street just in time to be celebrated at the Taste of Delano Wednesday night.
The Taste of Delano event will take place at the Delano City Park Wednesday, July 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. and offer food from around the world, along with family-friendly fun.
For one low cost, people will be able to participate in all of the food tasting and activities at the event. Advanced tickets are $7 for adults or $3 for children, and are available at the Coborn’s service counter, the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, Crow River State Bank, State Bank of Delano, and Delano City Hall. Advance tickets will be available until the night of the event, and tickets can also be purchased at the park that night at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
There will be no cost for activities or food during the event after people have purchased a general admission.
Chopper the World’s Nuttiest DJ will provide entertainment, sponsored by Star West, and the KRWC Road Show will also be there.
There will be face painting, a moon walk, balloon animals, hair and nails, cotton candy, snow cones, a clown, popcorn, and booths with food and wine sponsored by local businesses. Other features to the event include a massage chair from White Birch Therapeutic Massage, pony rides provided by Mount Olive Lutheran Church, and caricatures by Rollie Starry at the Delano Herald Journal booth.
Proceeds of the event will fund future efforts of the Highway 12 task force, which to date has spent more than $10,000 promoting Delano businesses during construction. The task force has been behind the “Delano: Open for Business” campaign by providing directional signs, maps, restaurant guides, and other activities.
Businesses will have booths to showcase their company with games or free handouts including promotional items, coupons and services. Organizers said businesses have purchased advance sale tickets to give to employees or give out to their customers. This is a chance for companies to show appreciation for the community supporting area businesses, as well as make new friends and business partners.
“I think it’s complimentary of what we’re doing to support our businesses,” said co-organizer John Tackaberry. “It’s about supporting all businesses in Delano and we can’t do it without you. The only reason businesses survive is because of the people.”
Organizers have also dedicated 50 tickets to the event to be distributed through Helping Hands Food Shelf and Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC) Heartland to those in need.
For more information on the Taste of Delano, contact Joe Tipka from Coborn’s by calling (763) 972-8380, or John Tackaberry from Star West at (763) 972-2984. The event is being planned as “rain or shine.”
Experience a Taste of Delano Wednesday
The following restaurants are participating in the Taste of Delano event, and will either be providing food or other offers to those in attendance at the event:
• Delano American Legion ribs, soup, brownies
• El Cazador chips and salsa, ground beef, guacamole
• Chun Mee egg rolls, chicken wings, fried rice
• Applebee’s dessert poppers
• JukeBox artichoke dip
• B’s on the River hog roast
• Subway subs and cookies
• Apple Jack Orchard apple crisp
• Three Crows on River Street Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream
• Coborn’s cheese with wine pairings, bratwurst, salad
• Dave’s Town Club mini burgers, homestyle pizza
• Pizza Ranch Alfredo sauce pizza with chicken and broccoli, pizza
• Edie Mae’s Eatery
• Peppermint Twist Drive Inn
• Delano Wine and Spirits wine tasting
• Woodland Hill Winery wine tasting