The smell of bacon filed the air on East Main Street in downtown Lititz Friday night as pork on a stick sizzled beneath the blue flame of butane torches operated by Tony Page and Chris Williamson at the Rooster Street Butcher tent.  The duo crafted Bacon Pops that proved popular during the annual A Taste of Lititz event, a benefit for the local revitalization organization.

Meanwhile, the guys from Roma Pizza simply stepped out the front door to serve up steaming hot slices of pepperoni and cheese pizza during the event that highlighted fare from Lititz restaurants and food shops. Despite threatening skies, the event drew quite a crowd.

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“The storms held off, [and] I think everybody came out when they figured it wasn’t going to rain,” said Steve Muller as he stirred a large container of kettle corn. The aroma of fresh-popped corn permeated the air and drew customers in droves.

“It’s been awesome, the busiest one yet” said Muller of his third outing at the event. Muller is co-owner of Rabbit Hill Kettle Corn of Rothsville. “We’re all about our hometown,” he said, explaining that the name of his business was derived from the original name for Rothsville.

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“We love being here in Lititz, we love being a part of the community.” Catering to parties and special events is an important part of his kettle corn business.

Attendees milled around many booths, sampling treats from an A to Z of Lititz’ best: from A Tea Affair to Zest.

The crew from Zest served up scoops of hearty paella, a Spanish rice dish, while other local restaurants and breweries crafted and served their own culinary specialties, including beer.

Kids at the event had the chance to enjoy games, activities, and entertainment.

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One little boy demonstrated some real skill by picking up a spare at the makeshift bowling alley created on Cedar St. manned by pinsetter Steve Seeber, associate editor of the Record Express.

Balloon artist Andrew Imhoff of Majik Decorating twisted and turned squeaky balloons into works of art, sometimes fielding a special request. One boy wanted a custom wrecking ball, and Imhoff was happy to oblige.

“You’re doing a great job!” called out another boy to Imhoff from his place in the lengthy line at the popular stand.

Music filled the air up and down East Main throughout the evening, from duos singing soulful songs to rock bands delivering up-tempo tunes. There were certainly enough choices to satisfy a variety of musical tastes.

Some visitors to the event took turns tapping and pounding out a beat in the drum circle. The rhythmic hands-on activity gave kids, as well as grown-ups, a chance to get into the act. Elsewhere children engaged in art activities, bean bag toss, and more.

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Editor Lynn Rebuck was invited to the White House in October.

Editor Lynn Rebuck was invited to the White House in October.