But organizers of the event that supports local Boy Scouts have good reason to anticipate some 350 people at the affair. Whether a foodie or simply someone looking to fill their stomach, the event offers a smorgasbord of samplings of virtually every style of cuisine offered in the area.
“Last year was the first year for the event, and we had a tremendous response,” said event chairwoman Donna Smith. “We plan to have more restaurants participate this year and an even larger crowd attend.”
Tickets to attend Scouting for Dinner are available for $10 each at all the local banks as well as Professional Land Title Company, Johnson Law Firm, Smith McDowell and Ginn Law Firm, Eternity Creations, Plain & Fancy Sandwich Shoppe, The Blue Mug Café and Big Smith’s Bar-B-Q.
“The ticket sales have been a little slow, but I think that’s the kind of thing people wait until the last minute for,” said Markeda Fisher, who serves on the event committee.
Tickets will be available at the door, but the more advance tickets sold, the better the restaurant can prepare.
“That’s why we’re trying to do pre-sales of tickets,” explained Markeda Fisher, who along with her sister, Kayla, volunteered to serve on the Scouting For Dinner committee even though her son, Price, has graduated out of the Boy Scouts.
“Kayla and I went just to support the Scouts, and we ended up having a very good time, and we were so impressed we ended up getting on the committee,” she said. “It's just fun — we had a blast last year. It’s a community event where you can see friends you haven’t seen in awhile and get reacquainted, and then of course it’s an awesome, worthwhile cause to help the Boy Scouts.”
The event, scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, from 6 p.m to 8 p.m., also includes a silent auction and live entertainment. Craig Roberts will serve as emcee. The silent auction includes a judge’s spot at the World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest in September.
“Anybody who’s ever wanted to be a judge at the stew cookoff can bid on that,” said Smith.
A sampling of other auction items includes a shotgun, a fishing trip, a football autographed by the state champion Wildcat football team, a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol, a hand-carved walking stick, tickets to Texas Ranger games and more.
Twenty restaurants representing virtually every type of cuisine available in the area have signed on for the affair. They include Big Smith’s Bar-BQ, Chicken Express, Bodacious Bar-B-Q, Chili’s, Big Creek BBQ, The Sweete Shoppe, Ta Molly’s, John’s Potato House, BirthWright BBQ, Larapin Grub Co., Pizza Hut, La Morelense, Candy Bouquet, Plain & Fancy Sandwich Shoppe, C.J.’s Main Street Café, The Blue Mug Cafe, Cibo Vino, Pizza Hut, Ranch House Restaurant and Seven Seas Roasting Company.
“There will definitely be plenty of room and tables for people to sit, eat, and get up and get more,” said Fisher. “It’s going to be a great event.”
Proceeds from the evening support the NeTseO Trails Council of Boy Scouts of America, which serves local Scouts. For more information, contact Donna Smith at 903-439-8270.
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