Dusty Donuts, based in Chapel Hill, is another truck returning to the rodeo and will host a new event this year — a doughnut-eating contest where participants eat 20 doughnut holes in 20 seconds for $20, said owner Jake West.
Tippins said the winner will receive a gift certificate to Johnny’s Gone Fishing in Carrboro.
Attendees can also engage in a taste-testing contest. Participants can try a dish from every competing food truck and vote for their favorite by marking on a postcard. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the contest will go to TABLE’s program.
The Food Truck Rodeo will feature more than just food: music will be provided by local performances from Shannon Lachot, Tyler Millard Band and Rinaldi Flying Circus; a kid’s play area, bounce house included, will be available; and a live storyteller will be performing.
Cynthia Raxter, a former librarian at UNC’s Health Sciences Library, has been storytelling professionally for three years and will return for this year’s rodeo to perform.
“I only tell true and original stories,” Raxter said. “Things that happened to me and my friends or family, that kind of stuff.”
Tippins said TABLE’s Food Truck Rodeo is planned and run by working volunteers, including some UNC students.
“UNC students are very involved in TABLE,” she said. “The way I originally got involved was by being a team leader (as a student).”
West said the rodeo is also a way for Chapel Hill’s community to get together and get involved.
“Chapel Hill doesn’t really have food truck events like Durham and Raleigh, so to be involved in a charity food truck event there is pretty neat,” he said. “And we all agree on TABLE’s philosophy of helping children.”
Raxter also emphasized how important supporting kids in the area is; for her, it’s somewhat of a personal experience.
“I come from a family of seven kids, and all of them are either teachers or principals,” she said. “They all say the major issue facing kids today is basic support issues.”
For Tippins, the Food Truck Rodeo is a way for the community to come together for the good of the kids in it.
“We’ve been serving 400 kids a week this school year," she said. "And we couldn’t do it without them."
CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this article misstated the day of the Food Truck Rodeo in an extra. The rodeo will take place Saturday. The story has been updated to reflect this change.