Thousands of people from all over the world lined up outside the MPEC on Friday, eager for a good meal before the 31st Hotter'n Hell.
Preparations for one of the biggest meals in town started early in the morning for Scott Plowman and the Texas Restaurant Association. He said "We're cooking 1000 pounds of pasta, and about 275 gallons of sauce. We started at 5 o'clock this morning getting it cooking together and brewing together."
12 hours later hungry riders and their families shelled out $8 a piece for unlimited spaghetti, bread, and salad. After covering their expenses, the Restaurant Association will put the profits to good use in scholarships and other donations.
In addition to local restaurants and cooks helping with the pasta, volunteers from local rotary clubs and Interfaith Ministries did all the indoor prep work. It's that community support that has visitors impressed with the Falls.
One couple, who traveled all the way from Vancouver, said, "When we came here the first time the support was amazing. The people were great and we thought we have to do it again this time. We're actually throwing in the half marathon on Sunday as well."
The big Hotter'N Hell rides and races will all kick off on Saturday morning.