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Tasty event kicks off 2011 Relay For Life season

The aroma from a smorgasbord of tasty foods, from boneless chicken wings to pasta and breadsticks, filled the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center cafeteria Tuesday evening, while eager participants lined up for samples, all to support local cancer-fighting activities.

Kyleen Mooneyham, left, and her mother, Saundra Bayliss, both of Bellefontaine, partake of various entrees and desserts at Tuesday evening’s Taste of Logan County event to benefit Logan County Relay for Life.

Jim Schaub of Wapakoneta, left, helps his grandson Alex Schaub, 5, of Huntsville, pick Tuesday evening from a buffet of sweets at the Eileen’s Cookies table at the Taste of Logan County at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY HOCHSTEDLER)

The event, the fifth annual Taste of Logan County, was the kickoff for the 2011 Logan County Relay For Life season and featured 12 local restaurants, pizza places and bakeries.

Food vendors donated their time and food to the cause to benefit the American Cancer Society, and attendees purchased tickets that allowed them to partake of samples from the booths set up around the cafeteria.

A total of about 245 pre-sale tickets were sold, and attendees also could purchase tickets at the door.

While checking out the options at the Lee’s Famous Chicken table, Shirley Payne of Bellefontaine noted that she has been a participant in the event in years past, but this year, it was even more important for her to attend.

“This is an important cause to support,” she said. “My brother passed away from cancer last year, and I know a 2-year-old boy who has leukemia. Fortunately, he’s in remission right now.”

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