Preparing for the Taste of Tippecanoe

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A lot of hard work goes on during the Taste of Tippecanoe’s eight hours of fun, but there’s work to be done before the event begins.

Volunteers like Jordan Fetcher were downtown at 4 o’clock Saturday morning helping to prepare.

“We’ve been setting up tables, locations for the tents, measuring. You have to have a certain amount of space between each tent,” said Fetcher.

Vendors have to get an early start too. Saturday was Nick Brown’s seventh year working one of four Budwiser beer gardens at the Taste. To him, the set up gets easier with time.

“I think we just got started planning a little bit earlier this year. And like I said it’s my seventh year, so we kind of have a routine we use,” said Brown.

As possible rain lingers in the forecast, it made for a mild Saturday morning. Brown said the cool temperatures made it a little more bearable, allowing for an easier set up.

“When it’s not too bad, or raining or hot, we’re able to get through things pretty quickly,” said Brown.

Fetcher said it’s the dedication of everyone who volunteers their time that makes for a smooth set up, including event coordinator Chris June.

“It’s pretty much a well rounded team. Everybody knows what they’re doing. Chris did a really good job of delegating who’s doing what and giving us a deadline of when everything needs to be done,” said Fetcher. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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