A different kind of RODEO has hit the Courthouse Village in Spotsylvania, Virginia for the second year in a row with the first year being such a success. They’re hoping for a repeat of the lovely weather that helped attract more than 1,000 people in 2016 for the free family and pet-friendly event. “We were just shocked and pleased with the turnout for the first rodeo,” said Joyce Willis, Vakos’ leasing coordinator and executive assistant. “We had no idea how it would go over.”
The 2nd Annual Courthouse Village FOOD TRUCK RODEO will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 9010 Battlefield Blvd. It will feature around 25 food trucks, which is about twice as many as last year. That should help increase the variety, and decrease the time people have to wait in line to get their orders. Last year the lines were so long that some people would leave,” said Debbie Aylor, Spotsylvania’s tourism director.
The food trucks will be serving up such expected fare as pizza, barbecue and kettle corn, along with such offerings as Caribbean fusion foods and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. They’ll be vying for customer choice trophies designed by blacksmith Hunter Perkinson, a 1973 Spotsylvania High School graduate who owns Featherstone Forge in Mineral.
Voters will be asked to take into consideration food quality, service and the general experience. Ballots will be due by 2:30 p.m.
Also on tap will be a handful of vendors selling things other than food, plus performances onstage and throughout the Merchants Square Pavilion by the Grassland Bluegrass Band and the Courthouse School of Ballet. Children can have their photos taken with Christian Youth Theater Fredericksburg “princesses,” and visit their table for a chance to win tickets to see “Shrek the Musical” in Richmond.
The idea for the rodeo came about because Vakos and Spotsylvania’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism wanted to partner on a community event, said Willis. They did some research and decided to feature food trucks because they’re popular. Applications were accepted from as many local vendors as possible while still offering a variety of food choices.
Admission and parking are free, and people can bring pets if they’re on a leash. It will be held rain or shine. There will be a limited number of tables and chairs available for seating, and people can bring a chair or spread a blanket on the greens.
Sounds like a fun event and a RODEO that will be remembered by all in the community.