River Valley Samples Taste of Fort Smith

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More than 1,000 people made their way to the Fort Smith Convention Center for one of the biggest fundraisers in the city.

The 26th annual Taste of Fort Smith featured hundreds of food and drink samples from several vendors and raised money for literacy.

The Altrusa Club of Fort Smith sponsored the event, and with more than 25 years in the books, directors said it's not just about the food.

“All of our proceeds go to charity,” said co-chairman, Barbara Oswald.  “We pay our expenses and after that, everything`s given away."

Local vendors said it's rewarding to be able to give back to the community.

"I think it`s a great asset to Fort Smith to do events like these,” said Brooke Moore.

In addition to giving back to the community, locals said it’s a great way to see old faces.

“People are coming by, the line doesn't stop, so it`s been really fun,” said Brandi Jennings.

The event also donates money to the Fort Smith Library and four other charities to be decided on at a later date.