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Wedding cakes among the attractions at annual Bridal Showcase Sunday

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Jan. 5, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 4, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.

With years of experience behind her, Barbara Halepaska finishes applying detail work on a wedding cake. "It's always an adventure and a challenge," said  Halepaska.

With years of experience behind her, Barbara Halepaska finishes applying detail work on a wedding cake. "It's always an adventure and a challenge," said Halepaska.

Barbara Halepaska knows a couple's wedding cake is special.

"It's a once in a lifetime thing," she said.

Halepaska, who owns Halepaska's Bakery with her husband, Tom Halepaska, has been making wedding cakes for 36 years.

The bakery will have a booth showing off its creations at the Pilot Club of Victoria's 21st annual Bridal Showcase on Sunday.

"It's always an adventure and a challenge," she said.

Changes in what is popular from year to year are part of the challenge.

"Styles of wedding cakes change," her husband said "We go to a lot of trade shows and seminars and try to keep our ear to the ground on the latest trends. What we are showing this year are some of the latest trends in the industry like you might see on some of the Food Network shows."

The bakery averages about 350 wedding cakes a year.

Halepaska's Bakery will be joined by a record 84 more vendors at this year's Bridal Showcase.

"This show provides people in this area with a real one-stop shop for wedding services," said Sandra Lewis, one of the event coordinators. "The vendors offer everything from catering, photography, flowers, to wedding dresses and so much more. If it has to do with weddings, we probably have a vendor at the show."

The showcase will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. A fashion show begins at 2 p.m.

Providing fashions for the show are Al's Formal Wear, Kloesel's Cleaners & Formal Wear, New Beginnings and Jade & Madalynn Quinceanera Boutique.

The bridal showcase began in January 1991 at the Victoria Mall. As the event grew, it moved to the community center in 1995.

In addition to Lewis, event coordinators include Susan Riedesel and Margarette Clapsaddle.

The Pilot Club of Victoria, a member of Pilot International, was chartered in May 1948. The focus of Pilot International is to promote awareness of brain disorders and to improve the lives of those affected.

Locally, the Pilot Club organized an Anchor Club at Victoria High School in 1954. The club now serves both East and West high schools.

Another major project for the local club is Project Lifesaver that identifies Alzheimer's patients and others who might be wanderers and are provided a tiny wrist transmitter.

The club also offers support to several local organizations. It has two major fundraisers each year: the Bridal Showcase and the 46th Annual Spaghetti Supper that will be on March 5 at Howell School Cafeteria.

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