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Fundraiser fills mall with flavor
United Way plans to continue festival
Carter Buquoi, 1, watches as cousin Madison Buquoi, 2, tries a bite of his ice cream during the Flavors of Forsyth. - photo by Jim Dean

With a turnout of nearly 15,000 people, the second annual Flavors of Forsyth event built on last year's impressive debut.

The United Way of Forsyth County fundraiser Thursday night drew some 5,000 more people than in 2010, so organizers were "very pleased with the turnout,” said Leigh Crow.

Crow, a United Way employee who helped coordinate the event, said “it was a great environment" at The Avenue Forsyth outdoor shopping mall.

"The weather was perfect and everybody had a really good time,” she said.

Local eateries offered samples of various dishes ranging from cupcakes and frozen yogurt to kabobs and Italian food.

More than 40 restaurants and 15 artists participated in the event, which also featured a kids zone and live music.

Last year’s event took in about $9,000 for local United Way programs that support area residents in need.

Crow said the organization is still tallying food ticket sales to find out how much was raised this year.

Given this year’s success, she added that it’s an event the organization most likely will continue next year.

“We were thrilled with it,” she said. “Everybody just had a blast.”