Traveling Food Truck Tour canceled

Annual event that has drawn crowds to Veterans Park called off due to pandemic concerns
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Grafton’s Traveling Food Truck Tour is the latest community event to be canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which typically draws about 1,000 people and 15 to 20 food trucks to Veterans Memorial Park, was to kick off its four-part series Tuesday, Aug. 25.

In announcing the cancellation, the Celebrate Grafton Committee stated:

“We do not feel any public event where people are gathering is in anyone’s best interest … As an organization, we want to be conscientious and follow the guidelines (of the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department).”

The announcement follows the cancellation of the Giro d’ Grafton bicycle races and Ladies’ Night Out, both because of public health concerns related to Covid-19.

The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce also rescheduled its annual meeting and awards reception for Tuesday, Sept. 29, after it was initially set in May.  

Chamber Executive Director Pam King said if the food truck tour would have returned, it would only allow for 25%, or 250 people, to attend.

“How could you monitor that?” King told Ozaukee Press, noting two tour events in June and July were previously put on hold and another was scheduled for Sept. 15.

King said the event has not been a major moneymaker.

“We didn’t think the income we would have made outweighed the risks if something negative happened,” she said.  

King also said it would have been a logistical challenge to ensure people maintained social distancing at an event where people wait in line for food that is handed to them.

“In theory, we could have made it a grab-and-go event, but that isn’t what we want to do,” King said. “We know people want events to do things, but the risks outweigh the rewards.”

Last week’s event was to coincide with the Grafton Parks and Recreation Department’s movie night in the park, which went on as scheduled. 

The food truck tour began last year and drew vendors mostly from Milwaukee.

King said she expects the series to continue next year.

“We are anxious to get it started up again the way we want it to be, providing games, activities and music to make this a true community event,” she said.

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