Cold first day of Spring doesn’t hurt food truck rodeo in Wake Forest

Photo by AJ Janavel/WNCN

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) — Cold temperatures on the first day of Spring were not enough to keep thousands of people away from Wake Forest’s first food truck rodeo of the season.

The Over the Falls Shopping Center had more than a dozen trucks and vendors circled up in the parking lot and lines stretched from truck to truck.

“Rain, sleet, or snow the rodeo has to show,” said organizer of the even, Virgil Wilson.

Wilson has been holding the event for the last three years. He says he was hoping for warmer temperatures, but the cold was not enough to keep Wake Forest residents away.

“I definitely don’t like the cold weather. I hate it,” said Kristen Emburey.

Emburey brought her family along with her to the food truck rodeo. She says she’s originally from upstate New York, but still does not like being out in the cold. However, she says it wasn’t cold enough to keep her away.

There was plenty of food options to warm people up, but surprisingly plenty of people were choosing a popular frozen dessert despite the temperature.

“Everybody loves ice cream; it doesn’t matter the weather,” said Buck Buchanan of Lumpy’s Ice Cream.

Buchanan lives in Wake Forest. He’s been a food truck vendor for 14 years. He says his truck is actually a retired Wake Forest Fire Department vehicle.

A truck that used to help put out fires, is still keeping people cool with ice cream, even on an already chilly day.

But the money coming in for Buchanan’s business as well as the other vendors was enough to warm a few pockets and make the day worth it.

Wilson says they were expecting a smaller crowd Sunday. He says about 7,500 people showed up.

Wilson says the next rodeo in July will be much bigger and feature musical acts as well.

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