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Camden hosts first annual Food Truck Festival Downtown

by Michael Hanich | May 30, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Photo By: Michael Hanich Customers line up at Mate's Melting Pot at the Food Truck Festival.

The city of Camden hosted a series of special events this past Saturday. In addition to the second annual Memorial Day Parade downtown, the city of Camden had a first Food Truck Festival after the conclusion of the parade from 11 am to 3 pm.

People who came to the parade and ceremony at the Ouachita County Courthouse got to see and eat from the nine different food trucks that parked along Harrison Southwest Avenue. Some of the local food trucks were there in attendance, such as Bills & Dimes and One Stop Eatery making food for their locals. Other food trucks came specifically for the festival after the conclusion of the parade such as Mate's Melting Pot, who came from Sheridan just for the festival.

Among the food served at the festival ranged from burgers, hot dogs, tacos, BBQ, clubs, sushi and cotton candy. For customers looking to cool off, there several trucks that featured the availability to get cold beverages, such as Mike's Rolled Ice Cream, Sweet Escape to get shaved ice and ice cream and River Rose Coffee Co.'s fruit infusions.

Another big attraction at the Food Truck Festival was the availability to buy a brick for $75 to put the name and military rank of a loved one. These bricks would be the first foundation of a new memorial park set to be constructed on the grounds of the old library on the corner of Harrison and Jefferson St SW across the street from the First United Methodist Church.

The availability to buy a brick remains, and the family member doesn't have to be deceased. This project has the sole purpose to honor the veterans, alive and fallen to thank them for their service in this community project. The park is set to be a two-year project to complete with an expected budget of $200,000.

  photo  Photo By: Michael Hanich A family pose for a picture at the Food Truck Festival.
  photo  Photo By: Michael Hanich Kyndal and Libby Johnston pose for a photo in the River Rose Coffee Co. truck.
  photo  Photo By: Michael Hanich Debi Winters selling veteran's brick for the Memorial Park at the Food Truck Festival.

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