If you see more people in the area walking around in loose sweat pants for the next few days, chances are, it's because they spent Saturday at the 2012 edition of Seven Springs Middle School's Taste of Trinity and Business Expo.
More than 1,000 guests turned out for this year's Taste of Trinity, about a third more than last year. The crowd strolled around the school grounds to be entertained and learn about area businesses.
There was also a record number of participating businesses — 63 — participating as vendors. Many, but not all, were food-related business.
In keeping with the "taste" theme, however, every vendor brought something to eat. That meant a possible four hours of nonstop noshing as guests collected bagsful of useful information about the local businesses and watched some live entertainment, including dance troupes, martial arts studios and musicians.
Near the end of the day, when pretty much everyone was bursting at the seams, it was time to watch as six intrepid contestants took on Buffalo Wild Wings' "Blazin' Challenge," downing six wings slathered in "flaming" habanero sauce in less than three minutes.
While most of the contestants struggled valiantly, Sandra Boston, representing VIP Black Belt Champions Training Center in Odessa, tore through all six wings in just under a minute flat.
Taste of Trinity was conceived as a school fundraiser by the Seven Springs Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization. The idea was that a school is a natural focal point for any community, so why not use it as such, creating a fun-filled day for families, and at the same time, giving area businesses a chance to showcase themselves?
In every sense, the event is more successful with each passing year — more guests, more businesses and more money for the school. This year's event raised $7,215 for school equipment.
"As you may have heard, there have been multiple budgetary cutbacks in the school system over the last few years," PTSO President Diana Jerome wrote in an email Monday, thanking everyone who took part in this year's Taste of Trinity.
"Because of you, we are now able to do some very positive things for the children."
Jerome said she's keeping her fingers crossed that next year, there will be 100 vendors at the event.