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Shelby does the wild thing

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By Lisa King

This year's Taste of Shelby safari theme inspired its participants, some of whom arrived at the fundraiser dressed accordingly.

The event was held Monday night at Claudia Sanders Dinner House and featured entertainment by the River City Drum Corps Band and Dancers.

Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, said that although ticket receipts have not yet been tallied, she feels the event was very successful.

"We were very pleased with the attendance, even though we don't have an official tally yet," she said.

The event, which is a fundraiser for the chamber, began at 5 p.m. and the "tasting" started at 5:30.

Along with a wide variety of food, diners enjoyed "wild" dinner music, which induced many of them to sway, tap their feet or dance along, not a mean feat while holding plates loaded down with food.

Altogether, 26 food vendors prepared dishes for the event and many local businesses donated door prizes and floral arrangements or were table sponsors.