GREENFIELD — The weather forecast for this year’s combined ChalkFest and Taste of Hancock County food and music festival is about as special ordered as a basket of fresh fried pickles and ranch dressing.
Forecasters are calling for temperatures in the mid-70s for Saturday’s events, perfect for doodling a masterpiece on the sidewalk or sampling any one of the more than four dozen menu items from a roster of 16 food vendors without breaking a sweat.
“We’re so excited about this,” said Denise Arland, executive director for Families United for Support and Encouragement Inc., which is a co-beneficiary of the event with the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce. “This year the event is really going to be fun because it’s growing.”
F.U.S.E. Development Director Amy Borgmann and chamber president Retta Livengood said they spent the last 10 months visiting restaurants, caterers and eateries of all types to expand this year’s menu, bringing in establishments from New Palestine and McCordsville to make the event truly countywide.
Last year, Taste brought some 1,200 people downtown, and organizers are hoping for an even larger turnout Saturday.
“Last year we really didn’t know what to expect, but everything fell into place and the energy was great,” Livengood said.