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Letter to the Editor
Taste of Clarkston all-around huge success

October 03, 2012

Dear Editor,

A huge thank you to all involved in Taste of Clarkston this year!

We estimate about 17,000 visited Taste of Clarkston enjoying a gorgeous fall day, great food, music and entertainment in the Historic Village.

This event happens only because of the hard work, commitment and collaborative spirit between the host partners, sponsors, exhibitors, restaurants, volunteers, entertainers, sheriff's department, fire department and health department.

Many Taste visitors may not realize that the host partners (Clarkston Area Chamber, Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors, and the City of the Village of Clarkston) begin work on Taste back in February and March. We've learned a lot after 15 years of hosting this event, but we continue to strive to improve. This year, we believe we successfully moved the bar up another notch.

There are literally hundreds of thank you's that should be made, but I'd like to highlight some of the incredible stars of this event.

Clarkston Union once again rocked the Taste of Clarkston as the People's Choice, selling so much Mac & Cheese that nearly 20% of the entire Taste of Clarkston ticket sales came from their booths!

Genisys Credit Union and LaFontaine Automotive Group sponsored our entertainment and from WCSX to the Church Street Stage, flash mobs and belly dancers—we had lots of entertainment for many ages and interests.

The Learning Experience and Al Deeby Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram sponsored the KidZones and from Radio Disney 910 Road Crew to the inflatable wonderland in Depot Park kids were in heaven!

Among the hundreds of volunteers pitching in at Taste there were some outstanding behind the scenes stars that you should know about.

Clarkston Community Church saved the day when we had last minute shortages for volunteers. They provided additional support for barricades and over 50 fresh volunteers to help with tear down.

When the weather report predicted sunny and low 60's, we knew the crowd was going to be big and keeping the tables clear and trash under control is key. Clarkston High School Octagon Club pitched in, with nearly 30 volunteers to help bus tables and bag trash.

U.S. Army also provided essential support, manning our barricades for the majority of the day.

There are so many people and organizations who came together to make this an outstanding event and we can't forget to thank our media support Radio Disney 910, WCSX, Hometown Values Magazine, The Hungry Dudes, Oakland Press and The Clarkston News.

Without all of these essential partners, we could not deliver what we heard was, "a fantastic event! What Arts Beats and Eats wants to be."


Penny Shanks

Executive Director

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce