Locals will soon be able to do some good while eating good.

The Stone County Economic Development Partnership is looking for vendors to sign up for Taste of Stone County, scheduled for October 26.

“This is a new, different concept for [Stone County],” said Betsy Rowell, SCEDP executive director. “This is something where people can support the community and make a difference.”

The event will be held in Blaylock Park in downtown Wiggins and is open to all. Vendors will choose a charity to support and choose food product to sell to attendees.

Attendees will be able to purchase as many $1 and $5 tokens as they choose and use them at the various booths.

At the end of the event, the booths with the most tokens will be able to donate the funds raised to their preferred cause with matching funds of up to $1,000 by the SCEDP.

First place will receive an additional $1,000, second place will receive an additional $500, and third place will receive an additional $250.

There will also be special recognition for People’s Choice Winner and Best Decoration.

Rowell is excited about the event’s future potential.

Rowell said the only other Taste of Stone County was hosted in 2016 and featured food from business owners and local farms. She is hoping to build on the success of the original event and pair it with charity.

She said since the event will take place during Breast Cancer Awareness month and be close to Thanksgiving, and earlier that day, the Red Creek Clean Up will take place, many will come in the giving spirit.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 and have live music at the Carpenter Pavilion.

The band Elusive Behavior will play from noon until 2 p.m.

Little Jimmy will play from 2p.m. until 4 p.m.

The fee to be a vendor is $25 and the event will accommodate up to 30 vendors.

The deadline to register as a vendor is October 22 and potential vendors can find the sign-up form on the SCEDP website at www.stonecounty.com

“We want to encourage people to join and participate,” Rowell said. “We’re trying to make a difference.

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