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Food truck rally to include more than 30 trucks, rising country star

Singer/songwriter Jordan Davis will be the headliner for this year’s Kingsgate Logistics Union Centre Food Truck Rally presented by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association on Friday, Aug. 10. Davis, a native of Shreveport, La., native, now calls Nashville home.

“We are really excited to have Jordan Davis with us this year. He has a No. 1 country hit out right now called ‘Singles You Up,’ ” said Rebecca Wilber, president of the Union Centre Boulevard Merchant Association.

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Davis is expected to perform at about 9 p.m. Fireworks sponsored by West Chester Twp. will begin at 10:15 p.m. There will be live entertainment throughout the day.

Organized by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchants Association, the annual Union Centre Food Truck Rally takes place at The Square @ Union Centre in West Chester Twp. This year’s event is Friday, Aug. 10. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

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In addition to entertainment and fireworks, food trucks from across the region will deliver countless favorites from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The annual celebration of food is expected to attract about 15,000 foodies.

“It’s our sixth year and the event keeps growing and growing. We are very proud of the event and its success, and having Jordan makes it even more special,” Wilber said.

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Wilber said a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County. For 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has changed the lives of children through one-on-one mentoring.

Previous recipients have included Heroes’ Fund, Reach Out Lakota and Sojourner Recovery Services, among others. Monies have also been granted each month to dozens of nonprofits and charities that have applied for funding throughout the year.

The Union Centre Food Truck Rally will feature more than 35 gourmet food trucks as well as beer, wine and soft drinks/water. 

“We are excited this year to have a bigger variety of trucks as far as menu items and offerings,” Wilber said.

The all-day celebration of food will feature an array of items, including barbecue, wings, burgers, desserts and more. There will also be gluten-free and vegetarian options available. Items are typically made to order. Vendors will include Bones Brothers Wings, Remi J’s Barbecue, Texas Joe’s Tex Mex, Slice Slice Baby, Great Crab Cakes, Kona Ice and The Cheesecakery, among others.

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Wilber said the food truck rally is always planned for the second Friday in August. By the middle of March, the food trucks were already sold out. (Dozens of trucks that inquired couldn’t participate due to the vendor spaces being filled.) Also, more than 250 volunteers help to put on the rally.

UCBMA has more than 100 active members that meet once a month. Guests come from all over the Midwest and beyond to be a part of the Union Centre Food Truck Rally. In the past, guests have traveled from Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. 

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