Tickets are on sale, and the Neosho Civic Center is expected to be sold out, when the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce and First Community Bank present the Taste of Home Cooking School on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Ashley Ackerson, chamber events coordinator, said tickets are available both from Mitchell’s Downtown Drugstore and from the chamber office in the Hale McGinty Business Development Center.

“You can also go to the chamber’s website [www.] and buy them online as well,” said Ackerson.

Ackerson reported that general admission tickets are $12, and VIP packages are $35.

“The VIP package, they get preferred seating, they get a meet and greet with the culinary specialist before the show,” she said. “We’re doing a Taste of Neosho pre-show which will have local restaurants serving hors d’oeuvres, and then they get a free cookbook.”

Ackerson is still soliciting vendors who would like to exhibit their wares in the Civic Center during the show. She said the first 800 to purchase tickets will get gift bags that are filled with coupons, a cookbook magazine, product brochures and samples.

“We’ll have lots of door prizes,” she said, adding said some lucky attendees will receive either a bag of groceries or one of the dishes that is prepared on stage that night. She said national sponsors and local businesses will also provide an array of door prizes.

“We’re excited to be the very first show of the season for Taste of Home,” she said.

She said culinary specialist Jamie Dunn will prepare meals that are sure to become a staple in many homes. Ackerson hasn’t yet received Dunn’s recipe list, but she promised, “She’s fun, energetic, so it will be a fun night!”

She noted that the VIP door will open at 4 p.m.

“During the first hour, our VIP ticket holders will get obviously the Taste of Neosho free hors d’oeuvres, our vendor booths will be set up, so they will get exclusive shopping at the vendors booths,” Ackerson said. “And then they’ll get to take their preferred seating in the front.”

The doors will open for general admission seating at 5 p.m., with shopping available in the exhibitor expo and to get registered for door prizes, and show time is expected at 6:30 p.m. Ackerson expects the Taste of Home Cooking Show to continue until about nine that evening. She also expects to sell all of the allotted 1,000 tickets for the show, to again sell out the Civic Center for the event.

For ticket information or to become a vendor in the exhibitor expo, contact Ackerson at 451-1925 or