Monday, August 13, 2018 || By Shanel Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: A young girl rides a camel at the Taste of Bellwood, held Aug. 10 through Aug. 12. | Shanel Romain
This year’s Taste of Bellwood — the second annual year the event’s been held — ended on Sunday with a fireworks display that capped three days of an event that attendees said was even bigger and better than last year’s.
“The fest is fantastic,” said Ricky Vaughan. “The community is filled with families, friends and homeowners. We all come together each year to try and do something nice for Bellwood. This stands for unity.”
There were more vendors, more people, more music, more rides, more food — more, it seemed, of everything this year. There were even camel rides and a classic car show.
Attendees take photos of a ride during the Taste of Bellwood. | Shanel Romain
William Austin, a Bellwood building inspector, were among the many people praising Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey for putting the show on.
“This is a beautiful thing,” Austin said. “Everyone comes out to support the mayor.”
“This is really entertaining,” said Malik Warren, a young wrestler. “The mayor is a really good mayor.”
This year was also the first year that the Bellwood Chamber of Commerce had a presence at the Taste.
Arnetta Watkins, a member of the Chamber’s board of directors who owns a travel agency, said that this year the chamber featured Symone’s Catering, a business owned and operated by chamber member Earlene Dotson.
Earlene Dotson, owner of Symone’s Catering, at the Taste of Bellwood. | Shanel Romain
“This year, the festival is bigger than it was last year,” Watkins said. “You have the rides for the young people and the old people who are young at heart. Everything was just nice.”
Pam Lawrence, a chamber member, pastor and businesswoman, said that she was pleased with the apparent work that the village put into planning and marketing the Taste.
Left to right: Bellwood staff members Antoine, Richard Vaughan, William Austin, Ricky Vaughan enjoy the Taste of Bellwood. | Shanel Romain
“I was really glad to see that the mayor advertised so much more this year,” she said. “We were in great anticipation of what was going on. We got here and he had vendors all over the place. So, kudos to Mayor Harvey.”
Next year, Watkins added of the Taste, “is going to be even bigger.” VFP
See more photos of the Taste below: