Wedding cakes among the attractions at annual Bridal Showcase Sunday

  • 2011 PILOT CLUB BRIDAL SHOWCASE VENDORSA Day to RememberAccent Design

    Albrecht Artistic Photography

    Allure

    Al's Formal Wear

    Balloon Banquet

    Bible Book Store

    Budget Wedding Videos

    Cakes Galore

    Candlewood Suites/Holiday Inn Express

    Carino's Italian

    Chris Hogan DJ Services

    Classy Linens ...

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  • 2011 PILOT CLUB BRIDAL SHOWCASE VENDORSA Day to RememberAccent Design

    Albrecht Artistic Photography

    Allure

    Al's Formal Wear

    Balloon Banquet

    Bible Book Store

    Budget Wedding Videos

    Cakes Galore

    Candlewood Suites/Holiday Inn Express

    Carino's Italian

    Chris Hogan DJ Services

    Classy Linens & D├ęcor

    Colony Creek Country Club

    Columbus Chamber of Commerce

    Country Catering & Bar-B-Q

    County Line Entertainment

    Crossroads Legal Video

    D & E Party Barn

    Danny Vivian Photography

    Devereux Gardens Floral

    Elegant Creations

    Frankie-C DJ Service

    Gruenau Hall

    Halepaska's Bakery

    Hall Lighting & Design Center

    Hampton Inn

    Heritage Makers

    Isn't That Gorgeous

    Jade & Madalynn Quinceanera

    J-Mar Productions

    King's Events & Tents

    Kloesel's Cleaners & Formal Wear

    Kolar Photography

    La Mirage Weddings

    L-Ann Imaging

    Leading Edge Imaging

    Main Course Catering

    Mark Clem Photography

    Mary Kay Cosmetics

    Master Gardens

    McAdams Floral

    Moments in Time Video

    Moonlight Entertainment

    New Beginnings

    Nutin-To-it BBQ & Catering

    Obsta Wedding Reception Service

    Photography by Susan

    Pilot Club of Victoria

    Platinum Sounds Entertainment

    Polak Petals

    Project Lifesaver

    Quality Inn

    Raisin L Ranch

    Royal Coach of Victoria

    South Texas Wedding Magazine

    Spring Creek Place Event Center

    Taste of Tradition

    Texas Rhythm

    The Gathering Company

    The Venue on Church Street

    Tin Star Ranch

    Tivoli Tunes DJ, Karaoke Services

    Torin Bales Fine Jewelry

    Touch of Class Limousine

    Victoria Art League

    Victoria Country Club

    Victoria County Master Gardeners

    Werner's Restaurant & Catering

    Willow House

    IF YOU GOWHO: Pilot Club of Victoria

    WHAT: 21st annual Bridal Showcase

    WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday

    WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

    ADMISSION: $5, children under 5 free

    INFORMATION: 361-573-7728, 361-648-7425, 361-578-1205

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.