Taste of the Trail on the Root River Trail system will begin Saturday, Sept. 7, in Rushford, Rushford Village and Houston.

On three Saturdays in September, during this annual trail wide event, you can experience the abundance of food and activities in southeastern Minnesota. Each town along the trail will feature its own growers, producers, restauranteurs and artisans, offering samples of their products and goods, as well as, entertainment and fun.

On Sept. 7, Houston's events will culminate in a dedication of the new children's playground at the Houston Nature Center and Trailhead. Many Rushford and Rushford Village businesses, event registration, and end of day drawings will be at the Historic Depot Trailhead in Rushford. Other sampling will take place at participating businesses and, starting at 4 p.m. is the Rushford Area Chamber Expo Culinaria for which tickets are available through the chamber website (http://www.rushfordchamber.com/).

Taste of the Trail events are scheduled the next two Saturdays. The hours each Saturday are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14: Lanesboro, Whalan and Peterson. Sept. 21: Preston, Harmony and Fountain.

Trail enthusiasts will find a diverse variety of delightful, palate-pleasing Scandinavian and other tastes. Local talent and entertainers will top off your good time in the Trail Towns.

For more information about events on Saturday, Sept. 7, contact any of the following Trail Towns Committee members, Rushford, Houston, and Rushford Village: Marie Botcher, mariebotcher@gmail.com (507-864-2378); Jen Evenson, bubbleofsunshine@gmail.com (507-459-7341); Joyce Iverson, joyceiv@acegroup.cc (507-421-1885).

Go to www.taste.rootrivertrail.org for more information on specific food vendors and activities. Taste of the Trail is sponsored by Root River Trail Towns, an association of communities located on the Root River Trail System, working together for the promotion and betterment of the trail.