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Originally Published: August 28, 2016 5:58 a.m.
PRESCOTT – The Prescott Food Truck Festival scheduled for the Mile High Middle School and the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona Prescott Enduro race were canceled on Saturday due to the early morning torrential rains that soaked the grounds such that event organizers deemed it better to reschedule.
At about 4 a.m., Food Truck Festival organizer Steve Gottlieb said he was out at the school where the fields were flooded, and even when the weather turned more pleasant the ground was so soggy that trucks would have created a muddy mess. So Gottlieb opted to reschedule the festival to the weekend of Sept. 24 and 25, coordinating it with the Oktoberfest beer tasting festival at the same location.
“We didn’t want to destroy the Mile High field,” Gottlieb said.
Accepting with good humor the fickleness of Mother Nature, Gottlieb said he is pleased that he was able to come up with a new plan that he believes will attract more food truck vendors and will offer similar entertainment on both days.
The Sept. 24 event will begin at 5 p.m. and go till 10 p.m. and on Sept. 25 the public event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. with a special German beer tasting sample for participating brewers from 11 a.m. to noon.
As this festival will coincide with the Oktoberfest, Gottlieb said the event will include beer tastings from between 30 and 40 brewers and wine from Trader Joe’s. On Sept. 25, the festival will include specialty tastings of beer brewed in Munich, Germany.
Tickets will be $5 again for those just frequenting the food truck vendors; $20 will be the ticket price for the beer tastings.
“It will be a good deal for the community. We hope it works,” Gottlieb said.
As for the 8-mile bike race that was scheduled to start at the top of Badger Mountain at 9:30 a.m., organizer Les Stukenberg said he called for a two-hour delay just after 6 a.m. with hopes the rain would stop. At 8 a.m., Stukenberg said the rain had continued such that the trails would be damaged were there to be a race despite a warming trend later in the day.
Some 169 riders pre-registered for the event.
Stukenberg said he was grateful that riders showed good sportsmanship and accepted the need to cancel.
The race will be rescheduled at a date yet to be determined, he said.