GRAHAM, TX (KAUZ) - Many items will be on the menu for the Food Truck Championship in Graham, TX this summer. Thursday, Graham City Council members voted on the Convention and Visitors Bureau's request for Variance from Ordinance #540 Possession, Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in the city square during the Food Truck Championship event.
"It is not a focus of the event, but it is an option," Mayor Jack Graham said.
While the request was granted by the City Council Thursday morning, as it was for last year's competition, residents voiced their opinions about the topic.
One man said by allowing a prohibited element such as alcoholic beverages on the town square during this event was not introducing visitors to the true Graham, TX.
Others thought it was a great representation.
"The event was well controlled last year. It was a very family oriented event and a great event for kids," said Graham resident Alex Heartfield.
Heartfield was in favor of allowing the sale of alcohol at the event last year because he felt the two went together. He took his family and spent several hours there and said alcohol was not a visible part of his experience.
"I was out here for four hours without ever seeing alcohol. So it's discreet enough that you can still have a great family atmosphere and enjoy that time with your family without it being a big part of what's going on that day," Heartfield said.
During the meeting Mayor Graham said last year's event brought around 6,000 people to the town square. Officials with the CVB said local businesses are welcoming those numbers again this summer after feeling a little apprehensive about the event initially.
"Some of the businesses that were actually against the event itself because they thought maybe the competition would detract from their sales that day or that weekend had record sales. We actually had restaurants who sold out, completely," said Krisa De La Cruz, CEO of the Graham CVB.
This year's competition is taking place June 4th. The 2nd Annual Food Truck Championship of Texas is free to attend. For more on the event just click here.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6