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The 2nd Annual Taste of Hays County: Boot Scootin’ Foodie will feature food prepared by restaurants and businesses from all over the county and live music on Sept. 25.

Palmer's Restaurant Bar & Courtyard won in the Best Restaurant category at last year's Taste of Hays County: Boot Scootin’ Foodie, a fundraiser for United Way of Hays County. COURTESY PHOTO.

The fundraising event, organized by the United Way of Hays County, will include live music by Crystal Creek Boys and a silent auction. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Texas Old Town Event Center. Each featured restaurant and businesses will have one or two menu items for attendees to sample and vote on.

Participating restaurants will include Bailey’s Burgers, Bordeaux’s, Centerpoint Station, Enchanted Rock Vodka, Fox’s Pizza Den, Gumby’s, Hays County Barbeque, Mochas & Javas, Motley Menagerie, Sailor’s Lakeside Grill, Saltgrass Steakhouse, Seton Medical Center Hays, Nonna Gina’s Italian Restaurant, Palmer’s Restaurant Bar & Courtyard, Rebecca Creek Whiskey and others.

Individual tickets are $25 each in advance or $30 at the door.

“The Boot Scootin’ Foodie is important to our organization,” said Michelle Harper, executive director of the United Way of Hays County. “Our goal is to publicize what we and our partner agencies do to help the 50,000 Hays County residents who rely on our programs and services, in addition to promoting our local restaurants and businesses in the community.”

Sponsorships for the event begin at $100 and are now available. One can become a sponsor or purchase tickets by emailing, calling (512) 353-1420, or visiting United Way’s website. United Way says it keeps all contributions in the local community.

“Our event is one that all Hays County residents can take part in, whether by being a vendor, a sponsor, the entertainment or simply a patron,” said Celena Martinez, chair of the Boot Scootin’ Foodie Committee. “It will be a time for everyone to come together and support our annual fundraising campaign.”

The event’s presenting sponsor is CenturyLink, a longtime supporter of United Way of Hays County.

“It is so great to have such support from individuals and businesses in Hays County,” said Ryan Perkins, chair of the board of directors for United Way. “We appreciate these sponsors for stepping up to help United Way raise critical dollars for our community.”

The United Way is a non-profit agency geared towards the support of children, the indigent, and the disabiled. United Way says it boosts quality of life for the community as a whole by providing social programs to help people achieve healthy and independent lifestyles.

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