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Ilion's Food Truck Frenzy back for another season after being put on hold

Ilion's Food Truck Frenzy is back for another season after being put on hold due to the coronavirus.

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 11:19 PM

ILION, N.Y. - Ilion's Food Truck Frenzy is back for another season after being put on hold due to the coronavirus.

The weekly event, that was scheduled to start May 27, kicked off Wednesday with new guidelines in place.

Jaclyn Moore is the activities coordinator for the village of Ilion and runs the event. She says it was important to have something fun to do for the community.

“Putting it together with all the new restrictions is just basically reinforcing with the trucks, what they need to do, make sure they have the proper masks, their employees are doing what they need to do," Moore said. "The lines are six feet apart, everybody is safe but yet able to have a good time, have a great summer and enjoy it here.”

More than a dozen trucks take part in this weekly event. Everything from pizza, tacos, Polish, Korean, ice cream, and lemonade.

"It's great to see everybody out of the house and finally enjoying themselves," Bill Balsamico, owner of Squeezers Lemonade said. “With the new restrictions we have in place now, we have to clearly mark the six foot social distancing, all the staff already where gloves, we have to wear a mask, we are sanitizing non-stop in the trailer, and we have a plexiglass barrier between the customers and ourselves and we are just trying to follow those health department guidelines.”

Customers say there were happy to get out.

“It’s very refreshing getting out, having a good time being around people and your friends, enjoying the food, it’s nice to be out instead of inside the house cooped up," Bella Zito, a patron said. "It’s good that people are still out wearing their masks but being able to be together at the same time.”

The event runs every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Firemen's Field in Ilion.

Moore says once entertainment is allowed, there will be live bands.

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