City plans new food truck event

ERIC WALKER/The Mayfield Messenger

This food truck, operated as Mr. Taco and set up Wednesday at the interesection of Paris Road and Barton Drive, is one of three food trucks which are registered to participate in a new food truck event downtown later this month.

The City of Mayfield is planning a new monthly food truck gathering.

"We would like to have these the last Saturday of the month, April through October," Mayor Kathy O'Nan said.

For the first one, the city will close off South Seventh Street between Broadway and South streets, along the west side of the courthouse, from 2 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 26.

"We've just been thinking about what can we do for people for a fun event in town," O'Nan said.

The idea was the brainchild of Fire Chief Jeremy Creason, she said. O'Nan said she hopes the idea evolves into a street fair-like atmosphere eventually, but that this first month will be a learning experience.

"We know it's a small start, but we're going to try it this month, kind of get our feet wet, see what works, what doesn't work," O'Nan said.

So far, she said, she has contacted all eight food truck operators that have a city business license and confirmed participation from three so far: WB's Hottt Chicken, Mi Casita and Mr. Taco. O'Nan invited other food trucks interested in participating to call City Hall, but said participants must be licensed within the city to do so.

O'Nan also needs some help from the public in deciding on a name.

"We're looking for a catchy name for it, but I don't have one yet," she said.

Beginning in the spring, she said, she would like to open the event for participation from other vendors. Also, "We would love to do some music," she said, saying some people might be interested for playing for tips.

O'Nan said she would like to better utilize the court square area for events that bring people together from throughout the community.

"I want there to be a gathering place, like this is our living room," she said.