Food Truck Fight a big hit with community

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The first Food Truck Fight ended up raising over $5,000. Photo by Joey Brent

By Chaning Green, News Writer

Hundreds gathered at the Armory Aug. 28 to participate in the First Annual Food Truck Fight. The event was held at the Armory Pavilion on the corner of Bramlett Boulevard and University Avenue from as a fundraiser to benefit local nonprofits in the community, while supporting local business.

The event was organized through a partnership with local nonprofits and Leadership Lafayette. In the coming years, Horizons, YAC and Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow (LOFT) will be in charge of organizing and operating the event. The way the Food Truck Fight worked is that each vendor represented a charity. LOFT was paired with Small Time Hot Dogs, the arts council was paired with Sweetwater Bleu’z Creole & Cajun Cooking, Breakfast 2 Lunch represented Horizons,

Crime Stoppers was with Smoke Shop Oxford and the Rotary Club was with YoknapaTaco. In order to donate to a specific charity, attendees would go to the food truck that represented that charity. Other items like beer, popsicles from Popsy and treats from Buckley’s Shaved Ice could also be purchased and count toward a charity. Each purchase counted as a vote in favor of a nonprofit.

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council received the most votes and was declared the winner.

A $10 cover was required to get into the event. Children 10 and under got into the event for free, and some groups paid as a whole, so an exact number of attendees is impossible to pinpoint, but

Leadership Lafayette project manager for the event Allison Garner estimates that there were at least 360 people that came through the event to purchase food and participate in the festivities.
Garner has been working on the project with her group for over half a year now.

She coordinated with Wayne Andrews from the arts council to use his extensive knowledge of local nonprofits and event planning to get all of the logistics for the event ironed out. She said that it was a really great experience to see everything she and her team had been working hard on for several months come together

“It was so awesome,” Garner said. “The staff at the Powerhouse showed up to help us run it and they were all so amazing. Before the event, I’d made a detailed schedule of where and when the volunteers were supposed to be, and I didn’t even have to pull that out. All the volunteers were awesome. We had so many people, and everything went so well.”

In total with expenses excluded, the event raised about $5,250. That number comes from a combination of beer sales, ticket sales, donations, sponsorships and 10 percent of the food sales that vendors donated to the event. Yalobusha Brewing Company donated the beer for the event, raising $1,300 to benefit nonprofits. A large portion of the overall amount raised went the arts council because they were declared the winner, though none of the organizations walked away empty handed.

Garner said that not only was she extremely grateful for the volunteers who showed up to donate their time and support the event, but also all of the local business and community organizations that donated money, supplies and time to make the event a reality. She thanked the bands Rocket 88 and The Wilburs who showed up to perform. She said that they did such a great job and that the crowd was really pleased to have them there.

“I really though everything went so well,” Garner said. “Everybody who came out seemed to be enjoying themselves. I had several people coming up to me and telling me how awesome the event was. That was probably the best part for me, personally. You work on something for so long and you’re not sure how it’s going to turn out, especially with this being the first event of it’s kind here. I was wondering if enough people would show up and all this other stuff, but when it finally happened, all these people were there and everyone was so excited about this event we put together. It was awesome.”

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About Chaning Green

A native of south Mississippi, Chaning Green has been a part of the Oxford-Lafayette community since August of 2013. Covering everything from education to arts and culture and anything else going on in town that you want to know about.