For the first time, the store is hosting Fair Food Extravaganza, with about a dozen food trucks lined up and ready to satisfy every taste temptation. Hours of service will vary by truck, but range from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Scott “Skip” Haag, owner of Skip’s Gourmet Grub food truck, dreamed up the idea, because most fairs and festivals in this area have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.
“Food truck vendors who are primarily fair food vendors have lost that revenue,” he said.
Haag wanted to gather a bunch of them together to serve customers in another way. Since he’s been serving lunches from his food truck at Home of Economy on Tuesdays through Thursdays since May, he thought it was a good place to do it.
“It’s a great location, and a lot of people already know that location,” said Haag, a long-time food truck vendor and caterer in this area. “We pitched (the idea) and it seemed to take off pretty well. The variety of food choices will be huge.”
The participating food trucks and hours of operation are:
— Berry Burst Frozen Yogurt and Frozen Blended Coffee, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
— Bucklin Concessions Mini Donuts, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
— Elaine’s House of Dreams Yum Yum Shack (cash only), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— Far Out Nuts, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— Greek to Me, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
— Little Bangkok Trailer, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
— Oof-Da Tacos, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
— S&S Specialty Foods Bratwurst King, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
— Skip’s Gourmet Grub, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
— Tacho Man, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
— Top Hawg, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
They’re offering a wide variety of food items, including some expected ones — nachos, taco in a bag, pulled pork sandwiches, Italian soda and soft pretzels — as well as more unusual fare, such as shrimp kabobs, egg rolls and deep-fried brownies.
As far as any possible concerns about COVID-19, Haag isn’t overly worried.
“We see people automatically already social distancing,” he said. “We do not see a lot of handshakes or hugs.”
Congregating will be discouraged; in fact, there won’t be tables or seating for customers, he said, noting that, if they were provided, vendors would have to repeatedly sanitize them.
“That’s not something we want to sign up for,” he said.
Depending on the public response to this event, more such opportunities could be coming.
“We’ll see how it goes; we may do this more than once a year,” said Kristen Halley, marketing coordinator for Home of Economy. “We may expand it to our other stores.”
About Saturday’s event, Halley expects a good turnout.
“I think people are excited to come to one spot and get all their fair food,” she said.
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