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Food Truck Vendors Gear Up For Holiday Weekend
Feeding thousands of hungry people. That was the goal for dozens of food trucks Friday night at the Capital City Celebration.
"It's kinda a family tradition here. We get all the relatives in to help," said Robert Vose of Vose Corn Dogs.
Vose Corn Dogs has been a staple at Springfield festivals for more than 40 years. The family owned business is considered to have one of the best corn dogs around.
"Dad says it's Grandmas old secret recipe. He won't even tell me," said Vose.
And as for the amount of secret recipe corn dogs flying out to hungry customers, that remains to be seen.
"Honestly I wouldn't know. We just throw them out the window as fast as we can," Vose said.
Speed was the key for the all natural flame roasted corn vendors, who carry the honor of an Illinois tradition.
"All natural roasted sweet corn, then we dunk it in butter, and you have your choice of 13 different spices," said Budd Hudgins.
As customers lined up for blocks for their favorite festival food, it was the first time in recent memory the vendors seemed to be on mother nature's good side.
"It seems like it rains every year down here at some time," said Danny Johnston. "But we are expecting a good year and it will be packed. It always is down here and they put on a great show."
Johnston bought his first food truck nearly 12 years ago. He has already broke even this weekend by bringing new customers to his restaurant, even after the fireworks have lit up the night sky.
"Try to get our name out there and spread our burgers around," Johnston said.
A lot of people we spoke with Friday night say this is the most food vendors they have seen in years and a majority of the vendors are Springfield locals.