UPB Food Truck Festival
By Justin Hall, Print Reporter
Georgia Southern’s Armstrong campus had a variety of food for students during the University Programming Board’s first-ever Food Truck Festival on April 21.
The University Programming Board sent out a questionnaire to the student body to ask what they would like most on campus. Free food or a food truck festival was at the top of the list.
“We incorporated them throughout the semester at our events just once or twice a year,” said Assistant Director of Student Activities, Paul Bradley. “Then we decided to then actually do a bigger event with a lot more.”
Bradley also stated that the University Programming Board’s goal was to have five businesses for the festival and they reached that goal. Next year, the goal is to add more.
“Our goal will be to add three more,” said Bradley. “If I’m being strategic and logical, I will say adding two or three more a year will be great.”
The businesses on hand featured a variety of options: Johnny Boy Cookies, Mac Attack which served macaroni and cheese, Kona Ice which served shaved ice, Royal Tasting serving burgers, fries, hotdogs, chicken and seafood, and La Chapula serving Mexican food.
Students also had the opportunity to make tye-dye shirts at the festival to take home as a reminder of a fun-filled day of food and friendly individuals.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity to get out and get students involved because I was one of those students,” said Ciarra Scurry, a University Programming Board member. “It’s nice to be able to interact with other students and get them involved on campus.”
That mindset seemed to pay off as one student from the Statesboro campus came all the way out to cover the story for one of her classes.
“I was just really interested and I think the turnout will be really high for this event,” said Tiara Kindell, a Georgia Southern student on the Statesboro campus. “I also wanted to see what‘s on this campus.”
The University Programming Board said they were very pleased with the turnout and loved the fact that they were able to contribute to their campus and get students out to enjoy a positive campus event.