Thursday, August 24, 2000

Good food, crafts lure in Reading

11th Taste comes Sept. 9-10

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        READING — More than 30,000 people are expected to converge Sept. 9-10 on Benson Street as the 11th annual Taste of Reading brings together good food and one of the area's premier gatherings of crafts displays and merchants.

        Mayor Earl Schmidt expects the event to feature more than 80 crafts booths.

        “The Taste of Reading is the community's biggest social event of the year. It's like an alumni weekend: A lot of former Reading residents return to visit, old friends meet, and it showcases our community.”

        Benson Street will be closed between Reading Road and Church Street both days. Detours will be posted.

        The event is coordinated by the Knights of St. John, and all proceeds benefit the organization's scholarship fund.

        Two partial scholarships to area Catholic high schools are granted each year. The amount of the scholarships varies based on revenues generated by Taste of Reading.

        Entertainment this year includes the oldies and Motown sounds of Richie and the Students on Saturday night and the country group Stagger Lee on Sunday.


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