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Try it all at 'Taste of Evans'

When David Evans, namesake of the Town of Evans, passed away in the early 1800s, his obituary in the Buffalo Courier read “He was a kind, unassuming man, one of unaffected hospitality, and a man of very high order of talent.”

Evans tries to live up to these qualities. Each year they celebrate all the town has to offer with the annual Taste of Evans festival.

What originally started in the hands of the Evans/Brant Chamber of Congress, was eventually taken over by the Town itself and has grown since. This event is run almost entirely by volunteers and has reached 500 attendees in the past 20 years.

The activities, events and attractions are plentiful. In addition to the usual Taste of Evans festivities, there are two new notable additions.

The first, what they hope to make an annual, F.G.III Memorial 5k Run/Walk. All monies go to a scholarship fund in honor of Fred Garrasi III, who was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24.

Walkers and runners will be placed in categories based on their ages. Costumes are encouraged and for incentive a prize will be awarded to the best costume. There will also be prizes for the top female and male in each category; a prize will also go to the overall top female and male.

Registration is $20 and goes from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. The race is at 11 a.m. and the awards at 12:15 p.m., just in time for the beginning of the Taste of Evans.

On the tennis courts there will be the Brian Galfo Memorial Tournament; a basketball tournament split into two divisions, competitive and recreational. The tournament starts at 8 a.m. with the championship game at 4:30 p.m.

From 12 to 8 p.m. there will food, crafts, music and raffles.

“We have a number of groups that are coming in,” said Diana Cafferty, liaison for the town. At the moment there are nine food vendors and they are in the process of bringing in even more. Although nine seems to be a small number, the output of food is just the opposite.

“There will be ribs, corn, desserts, cotton candy, ice cream, chalupa, tacos, sugar waffles, pulled pork, beef brisket, corn bread, mac n’ cheese, salt potatoes, meatball bombers, souvlaki, pizza, frozen desserts...” said Cafferty.

Music will be provided and also emceed by Mike Margerum. Susan School of Dance, a local dance studio in business for close to 50 years, will be performing at 1:30 p.m. There will also be Evans’ own rendition of the popular singing contest with “Evans Idol.” All music will be held in the gazebo.

The Boys and Girls Club of Lake Shore will be raffling off lawn furniture, “an ultimate patio and deck lawn ensemble,” according to Cafferty.

The event will happen rain or shine. Whether you’re supporting your town, or new to Evans, you’ll love the way it tastes.


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