The Town of Garner will host its eighth annual Downtown Sounds event Sunday, June 5, on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center.
Liquid Pleasure and Swivel Hip will perform live music. There will also be a food truck rodeo and craft beer vendors. The food trucks are: Ty’s All-Natural, Two Rooster’s Ice Cream, King’s Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks, Captain Poncho’s, Virgil’s Jamaica, Baozi Food Truck and Sweet Stacey Cakes.
Double Barley Brewing and Deep River Brewing headline the craft beer vendors.
Last year was the first time the town decided to combine its annual outdoor concert series with a food truck rodeo. It saw a little more than 1,000 people attend the event.
The event was previously a series that spanned three months during the summer. But the Garner Revitalization Association and the town wanted to combine it into one event to attract more people.
Food trucks have also been a growing trend in the Triangle, including Garner, the last few years. Since noting the trend, Garner has tried to take advantage of it, and will now host its fourth rodeo in downtown Garner. The goal has been to gain attraction to downtown Garner, which has struggled since the construction of U.S. 70 as a main thoroughfare. The highway runs parallel to downtown Garner.
“I think it’s been a good fit format because we don’t have any restaurants (in Downtown Garner),” Mari Howe, downtown development manager said.
She said the events in downtown have attracted businesses there as well, citing Foosye as an example.
Foosye is a company that is a building platform for food trucks, helping people who are interested in starting one, or helping people who are looking to follow their favorite food trucks.
Other efforts have been made to build up downtown as well. As part of a 2013 bond referendum, the town will revitalize downtown and start the construction of a new recreation center on Montague, Purvis and Main streets in 2017.
The Downtown Sounds event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Parking and admission into the event are free. Parking will be at 742 West Garner Road.