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Pike Chamber hosts ‘Taste’ Thursday night

Come Thursday, the "treasures" of Pike County will be revealed as the Pike County Chamber of Commerce hosts the third annual "Taste of Pike County."

The food and business expo, which takes place at the old Wal-Mart location, showcases the goods, services and, yes, food available right here in Pike County.

"Even if you think you have seen or tried every treasure there is to find in Pike County, history has shown that people who have lived here all their lives have come to the expo and discovered something new," said Jenniffer Barner, community development director for the chamber.

Pike County businesses are invited to set up booths at the expo, providing information about the goods and services to other participants. Booth fees are $30 for chamber members, $50 for non-members. Restaurants are invited to participate free of charge. Individuals may purchase tickets for $5 in advance, $8 at the door.

"Businesses, restaurant owners and citizens will be surprised at the deals that can be made right here at home," Barner said. "The expo will be a fun evening of entertainment (and) great food and beverages."

The expo’s ultimate goal, Barner said, is to encourage everyone to shop at home in Pike County.

"Shopping at home is critical for businesses to stay afloat," she said, adding that taking advantage of the goods and services local businesses have to offer impacts the tax structure and services provided by governments in Pike County, Troy and Brundidge.

"We often hear people who want to know why there aren’t more amenities in Pike County, like more recreational activities," she said. Supporting local businesses directly increases the tax base, creating more tax dollars.

Tickets for the expo are available at Troy Bank & Trust, Regions Bank (both locations), WTBF, Rue’s Antiques, The Messenger, Troy City Hall, Colley Senior Complex, TSU Adams Administration Room 254 and at the Chamber office.