Event fundraising

Food Truck Fridays sees a lot of people for the latest Pinckney event

PINCKNEY – Visitors lined the streets of Pinckney around Putnam Township Square for the final Food Truck Fridays event of the season, which runs until 8 p.m. Friday.

Cars searched everywhere for parking, some backing into lots at dentists’ offices or libraries, trying to find a spot. Drivers seemed eager to enjoy a day in the square.

Food truck offerings ranged from burgers and barbecue to fair food, tacos, pizza, seafood and more.

Food trucks included, Big Kahuna Burger, Clyde Pit, Two Brothers BBQ Mac Shack, smoke doctor, Paradise on the move, Fun Food Express,Simply Spanish, Peace love and tacos, Captain’s wood-fired pies, Original Detroit Seafood Truck, Fire Up Grill LLC, Ride and grind and Sup Dogs LLC.

Melanie Winalis, 13, gets a pie in the face while fundraising for Pinckney High School and Middle School Cheerleaders at Pinckney's Food Truck Friday event on Friday, August 19, 2022.

The fun included the pie-a-pirate, where cheerleaders from middle and high school in Pinckney put whipped cream on a plate and threw chunks in volunteers’ faces.

Pinckney Cheerleading coaches Kelly Rysso and Alexis Kramer said the cheerleaders had to do a lot of fundraising to meet the cost of the sport. They held the pie-a-pirate event last year on Food Truck Fridays and raised around $3,000. They hoped to do the same with this year’s fundraiser.

The duo said the funds will be used to purchase new uniforms for the college team, which have not been replaced since 2015. The funds will also be used for scholarships, new mats and other uniforms.

The Sanctuary Band performs

Rysso said mats can cost up to $20,000 for a set, while tops for uniforms cost around $160 a piece, with $48 each for the skirt, totaling more than $200 per uniform.

Other entertainment planned for the day included a business/art exhibit, a fire truck and a safety exhibit with Putnam Township Fire Department, Family Farm Rooms wagon rides and Pinckney Farmers Market. Entertainment is expected from Sanctuary Band, Grace Marie and The 3rd Chapter.

Food shoppers line the streets surrounding the village square in Pinckney on Friday August 19, 2022 for Food Truck Friday.

Food Truck Fridays was created due to the cancellation of events throughout the pandemic. Rick Beaudin, president of the Pinckney Putnam Hamburg Hell Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber had not hosted Art in the Park for two years.

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