Despite the dreary conditions the people turned out in droves for the first Columbus Food Truck Fest and Chairs of Hope Auction on Friday night in downtown Kenton. Dealing with a light drizzle most of the time – though forecasts called for worse – area residents came prepared with their umbrellas and appetites.
There were long lines of people for a good portion of the evening waiting to be served at The Paddy Wagon, Pitabilities, Schmidt’s Sausage Truck, Phillybuster, Sticky Fingers and Cold Stone Creamery which were parked along Columbus Street on the north side of the courthouse.
“It was unbelievable,” said Jacqualine Fitzgerald, director of Downtown Development with the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance. “The community really came out.” “I’m pleased,” she added. Fitzgerald said the food truck operators were just as happy. “They want to came back,” she said. “But they all told us, ‘You’ve got to have more food trucks.
’”Classic cars lined both sides of a block of Main Street, while vintage motorcycles were on display as well. Fitzgerald noted plans for 3-D chalk artists were scrapped because of the weather, but they want another opportunity to draw their creations in Kenton. “Yes, we will try this again,” she said.
Equally as pleased was Marcia Retterer, founder of the cancer patient support group Not By Choice Outreach in Kenton. It used the event to conduct a fundraiser.Its Chairs of Hope auction – sales of 12 adult and 2 children’s Adirondack chairs – brought in $12,550, she said. Retterer said the people really came out to support the organization. “We can help a lot of people with that,” she added.