TROY — Let’s get ready to … eat!
The Miami County Food Truck Rally & Competition returns for the second year from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Miami County Fairgrounds.
Sponsored by the Miami County Fair Board, the inaugural event in 2015 drew thousands of people, according to organizers, who hope to bring the fundraiser back each year.
More than 40 food trucks are signed up to fill the fairgrounds on Saturday — and organizers promise there will be something for every taste.
“We will have something to please every palate,” fair board member Roberta Jacobs promises.
She said Thai, Asian, Mexican, Korean and Hawaiian cultures will be represented, to name a few. The event also will feature sandwiches of every kind imaginable, Jacobs said, in pitas, barbecue, Philly steak and cheese and po’ boys.
Side items will include everything from French fries, deep fried mushrooms and onion rings to soft pretzels and coleslaw.
For those with special dietary needs, there’s no need to worry, Jacobs said. She said gluten-free, vegetarian, sugar-free and kid-friendly items also are on the menu at the various trucks.
And then there’s the desserts. Waffles, cookies, cupcakes and ice cream — and everything in between — will be located on the fairgrounds during the event, she said.
Since you’ll need something to wash all that food down with, visit the beer or wine booths, which also benefit the fairgrounds, or the food trucks will offer assorted beverages, from tea to blended fruit and veggie drinks and shaved ice.
Jacobs suggests coming in a group and each person getting a different food item to share, along with enjoying the entertainment, which will be available throughout the day. The day will begin with the Troy Strawberry Festival’s Home.Grown.Talent. semi-finals at noon. DJ Bruce Adamson will offer music beginning at 3 p.m., followed by The American Kings, a classic ’50s-’60s band beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“Grab some delicious food, find a place to call your own and enjoy the entertainment,” said Jacobs, who said those wanting to take a break from eating can visit the arts and crafts and vendor area in the Poultry building or the cruise-in being offered by the Miami Valley Kruzers car club. At 1 p.m., non-betting harness racing — practice for the horses and jockeys for the upcoming season — will be offered at the stadium.
During the rally, the fairgrounds also will be host to both the Miami County Classic Wether Goat Show beginning at 9 a.m. and the Upper Valley Fiber Fest 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Although it is supposed to be partly sunny and 70 on Saturday, Jacobs said the Merchants building will be open for those wanting to get in from the outdoors to eat.
“Come out and just make a day of it,” Jacobs said. “It’s a perfect way to spend a relaxing day out, all the while supporting the fair board,” Jacobs said.
Beyond that, being able to showcase the fairgrounds and show people the buildings that are available to rent and what they have to offer also makes the event a success, she said.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the rally can leave a message on the event’s Facebook page at Miami County Food Truck Rally & Competition or call Roberta Jacobs at (937) 266-2914.
Reach Melody Vallieu at (937) 552-2131 or [email protected]