Tickets are still available for the Taste of Home Cooking School, the featured event of the Aiken Standard’s first Aiken Family Expo.

The two-day expo is on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m., with the Taste of Home Cooking School starting at 5:30 p.m.; and on Saturday starting at 7 a.m. with a yard sale.

The festivities will be held at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, located at 375 Robert M. Bell Parkway. Partners for the event include Southern Siding and Archadeck, which will be giving away a free pergola to the winner of the “Connect the Dots” game.

The Aiken Standard is offering several options to attend Friday’s events, which will have an expected turnout of about 1,200 people. VIP tickets can be purchased for $45 and will include a cookbook, entry into the show with front row seats and a reception from 2 to 3 p.m. with culinary specialist Eric Villegas.

Premium tickets can be purchased for $17 and general admission tickets for $12. All tickets will include a tote bag and a one-year digital subscription of Taste of Home magazine.

Seating for the cooking school is limited to 600 people.

Those who purchase a ticket for Friday’s activities will automatically gain entry into the Saturday event.

The morning half of Saturday’s event will feature a yard sale from 7 to 11 a.m., providing an opportunity for people to rent a booth for $25 and sell their items. Renters can donate unsold items after the yard sale to the Salvation Army.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, there will be interactive and turkey call games from the National Wild Turkey Federation, a presentation by Franko the Magician, animals from the Ruth Patrick Center, a Lego zone, archery with Daniel Bartley, face-painting and vendors selling different food items.

Entry into Saturday’s event is $3 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger.

For more information, to sign up as a vendor, rent a booth or purchase tickets, visit or call 803-644-2377.

Haley Hughes is the news editor for the Aiken Standard.