Bobby Ray Bunch and his wife, Jaqueline, are two people you should know. They’re the power couple behind such events as Shops with Hops (most recently held on Aug. 27 here in Muscatine) and the upcoming Food Truck Fight (happening Saturday, Sept. 17 along the riverfront). The Bunch family loves bringing events to communities like Muscatine, and I, for one, am grateful for their efforts! If you missed the Food Truck Fight last year, you must be there on Sept. 17! The event runs from noon till 8 p.m.
Here’s how it works, according to www.FoodTruckFight.com/Muscatine: “Enter the event via General Admission the day of the event or our presale VIP option. Each truck will have a $3 sample item in addition to their full menu for that day to purchase. Additionally, we’ll have a fully stocked beverage tent. You buy your food & drink, and we’ll provide the entertainment for all ages!”
General admission tickets are just $10 and will get you access to 18 different food trucks; live music from Doug Brundies, Hap Hazard, and Jason Carl & the Whole Damn Band; and some family-friendly fun featuring face painting with the Muskie poms team from noon to 6 p.m., balloon animals with stilt walker Toto Johnson, and bounce houses open for the duration of the event (12-8 p.m.). I recommend you visit the website I included above or search Food Truck Fight Muscatine on Facebook to learn more about it.
What’s exciting to me is that the Muscatine community has proven to be a great place to host events! Think about it; we’ll have Food Truck Fight on Sept. 17; that following week, there are three Almost Friday Fest events, including Thursday, Sept. 22 with Monica Austin, Barks & Brews on Friday, Sept. 23 (dog-friendly) with music from 1st Impression and Angus Khan, and Saturday, Sept. 24 with the return of the Pearl City OktoBrewFest featuring 15 breweries sampling their beers (more on that to come in next week’s column).
In addition, the Muscatine County Arts Council recently concluded their Second Sunday Concert Series featuring several great events held on the lawn outside the Musser Public Library. So, when you hear someone say, “there’s nothing to do in Muscatine!” You can very quickly correct them! Keep in mind; that there are also several events in the community during October, and I will share more about those in the next few weeks! All we need is for the weather to cooperate, and we’re all set!