Spring is in the air, bringing the annual special events that signal the warm weather seasons.
This Saturday at the Strand Theatre, five culinary students from the Blue River Career Center are set to square off with flame and fork, pans and panache, in the 4th annual Dish It Out cook-off.
And when the judges' plates are empty, one of those student chefs will emerge as the winner of the $3,000 culinary arts scholarship.
Rachael Ackley, executive director of the Shelby County Tourism & Visitors Bureau, which organizes the Dish It Out competition, said admission is a bargain.
“Tickets are still available, and they are available at the box office when you go into the Strand Theatre. You can also get them at Mickey's T-mart. They're only $2, which is a deal, for a great evening of live cook-off entertainment by some really talented high school kids. We do have five students this year instead of four. We typically narrow it down to four, but we had two students tie. So, in all fairness, we thought it was only appropriate to make sure we let all five participate this year,” she said.
Free samples made by local chefs from Your Box Catering and Queen's Cafe & Dining will be available to those attending the Dish It Out cook-off.
The event is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. this Saturday at the Strand Theatre, 215 S. Harrison St.
Dish It Out is affiliated with the annual Taste of Shelby County festival which provides the $3,000 scholarship to the winner.
On Tuesday, the Shelbyville Board of Works granted Ackley's request to close part of West Washington Street on June 7 for the Taste of Shelby County which features food from local eateries, along with beer and wine, and live entertainment.
The board also granted Ackley's request to close the street Sept. 21 for the Barbecue & Brew Fest.
In other matters, the Board of Works directed that the owners of the homes at 1009 S. Tompkins St. and 305 Sunset Dr. appear before the board in 2 weeks to address the conditions of their properties.
The board also heard a dog bite case, and released the dog owned by Beth Ann Moore, 204 E. Pennsylvania St. , with the requirements that it be vaccinated for rabies, and that her dogs are leashed in her yard until she raises the height of her fence.
Following the Board of Works meeting, board member Bob Williams recalled John Stieneker, who died unexpectedly on Sunday.
Williams, who is chairman of the Shelby County Democrat Party, said Stieneker was very active in the party, and more.
“He was a township trustee board member down at Jackson Township, and he always worked the polls for us down there, Jackson Township. Gonna be missed. He was not only a good member of the party but a good friend,” said Williams.
Visitation for John Stieneker is Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St. The rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St.