CARTHAGE — The Carthage Fire Department recently held a Food Truck Rodeo for the community on Sept. 16, where thousands of people turned out for a taste of almost two dozen food trucks, fun and games for the kids, and socializing with friends and family.
“This is an event we put on for the community – not really a fund-raiser for us – just to get everyone to come together, fun for kids and lots of good food,” said Vice-President of the Carthage Firefighters Association Bradley Whitaker.
In the half-decade since the event began, about 2,000 people, on average, turn out each year for the September event.
“We attended a Food Truck Rodeo in Raleigh years ago, and thought that would be something good for the community to bring here,” said Carthage Assistant Chief Mitch Cox. “It’s always fun for the whole family, and we’re always happy to see people turn out in the thousands to support and enjoy this event.”
Ashley Sheppard of the hickory-smoked BBQ restaurant Pik N Pig didn’t have to go far with his food truck with the event being held next to the restaurant.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Sheppard said of the event, “this is a great community, and we’re happy to be a part of this event.”
“We’re out here having fun, and come see us in Pittsboro,” said Katie, of Red Moose Brewing Co. of Pittsboro, who was on the scene with the Red Moose 1990 fire truck inspired brew truck.
“Our Facebook page is the best way to stay abreast of what’s happening,” added Whitaker, when asked how to stay informed about the event.
For anyone looking to make a financial donation to The Carthage Fire Department, you can mail them a check to PO Box 718 Carthage NC, 38237.
The funds raised go to support the families of fallen firefighters and those that are going through difficult times.
The next Carthage Fire Department Food Truck Rodeo will be held in September 2024.