Jenks America Food Truck Festival set for Aug. 29

Jenks America Food Truck Festival set for Aug. 29

Bring your appetites to Jenks Aug. 29, as food trucks will invade the downtown area.

The eighth annual Jenks America Food Truck Festival will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. and will take place on Main Street from 1st to 3rd Streets.

The event usually takes place in the first week of May, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement.

“It is a very popular event each year,” said Josh Driskell, Jenks Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “On a good year, this event draws 15,000 people. We are encouraging people to wear masks. We want people to be safe. Volunteers will be cleaning and sanitizing tables and chairs throughout the day. We are taking all the precautions we can and working with the public safety entities here in Jenks to make sure we are abiding by the rules, but we are looking forward to a good time.”

Similar to the Boom Fest, which took place July 4, the Jenks America Food Truck Festival will be an outdoor event.

“We want to provide some sense of normalcy for our residents and businesses, while still exercising precautions,” Driskell said. “We believe we will have a good crowd and we know it is good for our downtown businesses. Anytime we can highlight downtown, we know it is a win for our shops down here.”

There will be more than just food trucks at the event. Anthem Road Academy students will perform at the Downtown Commons throughout the festival. There will also be non-food vendors selling different items and sponsors will have areas to promote their businesses or organizations as well.

Driskell said a children’s section is also being created, which will have reduced touch points and will be safe.

“We appreciate the investment by our businesses into events like this,” Driskell said. “These types of events don’t just bring people to Jenks, but they improve the quality of life for people that live here. It is great to live in a community where there is so much to do. What our (Chamber) board and members want is a chance for people to be safe and take reasonable precautions, but still have something fun you can do.”

The Chamber of Commerce is anticipating 24 food trucks with each one required to follow the safety regulations they are given for the event.

Craig Bowman Farmers Insurance Agency is the title sponsor for the Jenks America Food Truck Festival.

Kyle Salomon

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