By Rich Place

This may be the second year for the Springville Fire Trucks and Food Trucks event, but it certainly won’t be the same as what visitors saw last year.

Of course, there will be fire trucks and food trucks during the event on Sunday, July 22. And there will be live music and a car show. But the event will also feature an estimated two dozen vendors and guests will likely notice the improvements to the grounds at Fireman’s Park where the event is held.

“We got the grounds spiffed up,” said Phil Drozd, co-chair of the event. “It had been about 10 years since we did any real maintenance down there.”

Aside from the changes to the buildings, a new vendor selection will provide event visitors with everything from wine tastings to Tupperware to women’s clothing, Drozd said.

Word about vendors signing up for the event started in late spring, as vendors sought a place to display their goods in Springville following the absence of the Dairy Festival. But many came regardless of that, Drozd said.

“There’s a few local vendors but the bulk are from out-of-town and they haven’t been down here so they’re excited,” he said. Expected to make an appearance among the vendors is The Winery of Ellicottville, which Drozd said will offer tastings and bottles for sale.

As far as the food trucks, there are three expected: House of Munch, Buffalo’s Best Grill & Catering and Green Acres Ice Cream. They’ll all be selling food throughout the day, with House of Munch potentially arriving first around 9:30 a.m. for those coming early for the car show.

The car show is expected to be bigger and better this year, with nine trophies for various classes and dash plaques for the first 100 registrants. Drozd said he is hoping for 100 cars to be part of this year’s event. The car show takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Live music will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. with top 40 country band Barnstorm.

“Come enjoy some food trucks and listen to the band,” Drozd said.

The Fire Trucks and Food Trucks move to a Sunday works better for the car show schedule, he said, and moving it up a week complements the All-Class Reunion on July 20 while not conflicting with Fiddlefest scheduled for July 28.

“We’ve been meeting with them since February on this,” Drozd said about organizers of the All-Class Reunion, “to make it more of a weekend event and split the cost for porta-johns, table rentals and tent rentals.”

The event benefits the Springville Volunteer Fire Company.

The second annual Fire Trucks and Food Trucks takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Springville Fireman’s Park, located on Nason Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public.