The very best Clermont County has to offer will be on display this weekend in Eastgate as part of the annual Taste of Clermont in the parking lot of the Eastgate Mall Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The three day event will have something for everyone with the expansion of the teen zone. Village Association of Batavia member and Taste committee chair Barb Haglage said the teen zone will feature a number of activities including laser tag provided by Scallywag Tag.
There will also be two wrecked cars visitors can pay to hit with a sledge hammer, a climbing wall, and inflatables for various ages. There will also be rides and face painting for children.
There will be raffle prizes every half hour for drivers and the people's choice award will be presented at 9 p.m.
Music from the Nashville song writers will be featured in a larger tent sponsored by Cheeseburger in Paradise.
"In previous years we had 20 to 30 people crowded around the outside of the tent listening to the shows so this year we doubled the tent size," Haglage said.
There will also be a second stage featuring local artists throughout the weekend.
It would not be the Taste of Clermont without great food and Haglage said there will be plenty to choose from this year featuring everything from fine restaurants to fair food. New for this year is a Graeter's ice cream booth. Restaurants will be offering a wide variety of fair ranging from blackened salmon salad to a variety of pizzas.
The one-time $5 entry fee covers the entire weekend and includes $3 in taste bucks for one alcoholic beverage or two soft drinks. The admittance price also includes a raffle ticket to win a 40 inch HDTV. The beer garden offers MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch products. Haglage said there a wine tent will also be offering refreshments. On Sunday the beer garden will be showing NFL football.
In addition to the musical acts, there will be two dance troupes performing on Friday and Saturday. A zoomba dance demonstration will be held at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Harkey's Hoe-downers will also be performing their clogging and tap dance routines.
Local artists will have their work on display at the Taste. Haglage said a group of remote control airplane hobbyists will be displaying their planes as well.
"Everything is ready to go and we're very excited," Haglage said. "We're just praying for good weather."
For more information on the Taste of Clermont visit them online at tasteofclermont.com.