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Taste of CC to be best

The biggest ever Taste of Crawford County has been predicted for Tuesday, Aug. 13.

“Everything is going great,” said Donna Young, board member for CASA of Crawford County. “The momentum continues to build.”

The event will be held in the Commons at Van Buren High School. Two sessions are scheduled – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Confirmed food vendors are Confectionately Yours, Platinum Distributing, Coca-Cola, Goody’s, CV’s Family Foods, Pizza Parlour, Organo Gold Coffee, Alma Pharmacy and Wellness Center, Chick Fil-A, Little Casears, Brother’s Cottage Cafe, Sisters Gourmet Bistro, La Fiesta, Zaxby’s, Chili’s and G-Fit.

Non-food vendors include Horace Mann, Carl Albert State College, Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, Rodan and Fields Dermatologists and Sam’s Club.

Food and non-food vendors interested in participating in Taste of Crawford County should contact CASA at (479) 474-8502 or (479) 474-4300.

A silent auction also will be featured.

Items already include a youth deer hunt, a one-week stay at a two bedroom condo in Branson and a one-night stay at a bed-and-breakfast in Eureka Springs.

Between 400 and 500 are expected to attend each session. Tickets for Taste of Crawford will be $10 until Aug. 5; $15 at the door.

Proceeds from Taste of Crawford County will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Crawford County and the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren and Alma.

The National CASA Association is a network of 955 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates in 49 states.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect.

The volunteers watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they do not get lost in the legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

CASA volunteers have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes.

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