BALLiNGER - It was a tasty evening Thursday as the Annual Taste of Ballinger got underway at the Ballinger Community Center.

BALLiNGER - It was a tasty evening Thursday as the Annual Taste of Ballinger got underway at the Ballinger Community Center.

More than 140 attended the annual event which benefits the Carnegie Library.

“It went very well,” said Kay Smith, president of the Carnegie Library Board. “We were very pleased with the turn out this year.”

This year, there was a new twist on the event with each of the churches involved preparing a soup, a salad and a dessert. The committee chair for the event was Carla Campbell.

The participating churches included Jesus Christ Church, Glory Road Cowboy

Church, Ninth Street Church of Christ, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Members of each church also submitted their recipes for a special cookbook which was compiled for the event, and is now on sale at the Carnegie Library for $5.

“Without these groups donating their time, money and cooking skills this event would not have been possible,” said Darlene Kelly, treasurer for the library board. “Also a big thank you to the 1st National Bank for underwriting the costs, City of Ballinger for setting up the chairs and the use of the building, Golden Chick for furnishing the tea, and The Water Store for ice and water.”

Folks traveled from all over Runnels County to try some of the tasty offerings like Broccoli Cheese Soup served by the cooks from Glory Road Cowboy Church, Eldoris’ Broccoli Cornbread from St. Mary’s and Pineapple Pretzel Salad served up by the ladie of First Baptist Church.

Members of the National Junior Honor Society from Ballinger Junior High were on hand to help serve and help at the event.

In all, $1,645 was raised for the Carnegie Library through the Taste of Ballinger. The fundraisers like go to pay for the salaries of the librarians, the custodian and also help pay for new books, children’s programs and supplies.

Over the past several years, the library has received grants for renovations, repair, furniture and an update look for the library. Plans for the future include applications for more grant funds to purchase new blinds, lighting, stage curtains and and upstairs bathroom and kitchen.

“We are so excited this was such a success for the Library and hope to have this support to continue next year to make it bigger and better,” Kelly said.