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With Absence of Dairy Fest, Vendors Heading to Fire Trucks, Food Trucks Event

By Rich Place

Although the cancellation of this year’s Dairy Festival means crafters and vendors won’t be streaming into the village during the first weekend of June, shoppers will still get a chance to browse their favorite stands this summer.

Phil Drozd, co-chair of the second annual Springville Fire Trucks and Food Trucks, said the event scheduled for July 22 is expected to include a handful of vendors seeking to come to Springville following the absence of the Dairy Festival.

“All is not lost this year with having a vendor and craft fair in the village,” he said.

Crafters and other vendors will be new to this year’s Fire Trucks and Food Trucks event, which will also include the same attractions as last year including a selection of food trucks, live music and a car show.

“We didn’t have anything like this last year,” Drozd said about the crafters and vendors. “It actually started out with just a couple of vendors who wanted to set up down there and now it kind of mushroomed. We are hoping for about 20 vendors at this point.”

Vendors are expected to be located both in their own stands outside and also inside the old bingo hall.

Another change from last year’s event is the date, as organizers moved it from a Saturday to a Sunday and also moved it up a week to the same weekend at SGI’s All-Class Reunion. Drozd said the change to a Sunday works better for the car show schedule and moving it up a week complements the All-Class Reunion on July 20 while not conflicting with Fiddlefest, scheduled for July 28.

Event organizers look to improve on last year’s showing of about 50 cars in the classic car show, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dash plaques are available for the first 100 entries; registration is $10 and begins at 8:30 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for various classes.

The inaugural Fire Trucks and Food Trucks event last year was the Springville Volunteer Fire Company’s answer to a fireman’s carnival-like event at its park on Nason Boulevard, Drozd said. Proceeds from the event support the fire department.

“It’s just something different,” Drozd said. “There hadn’t been a fireman’s carnival in a number of years and a lot of people asked us if we were going to do summer events at the fireman’s grounds.”

Back by popular demand from last year’s event, music by top 40 country band Barnstorm is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Food trucks scheduled so far for the event are Buffalo’s Best Grill, The House of Munch and Green Acres Ice Cream.

“They all have impressive menus,” Drozd said. “That’s what is firmed up at this point.”

Vendors are still being accepted for the event. The charge is $20 for a table and interested participants can call Drozd at 225-8732.

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.

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