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Food Truck Rally, chamber event sharing Tarpon downtown

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TARPON SPRINGS — Local event coordinators hope two are better than one next Saturday in downtown.

Tarpon Springs will simultaneously have the TS Food Truck Rally and the Antique and Treasure Show during the day of Feb. 8.

Rea Sieber, president of the Tarpon Springs Merchants Association, which organizes the food truck rallies, said the hope is for both events to benefit from each other’s crowds.

“We’re trying to combine events, whether it’s like this or something with a theme like Hippie Fest,” Sieber said of the coordination. The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce is responsible for the antique show.

Roughly 15 to 20 food trucks will set up shop downtown, mostly along Tarpon Avenue between Pinellas to Ring avenues. Trucks also will operate on Hibiscus Street and North and South Safford avenues. Various other vendors will have tents set up along the roadway, and live music is expected to be booked.

The Antique and Treasure Show takes place primarily in Mother Meres Parking Lot, at the corner of Tarpon and Pinellas avenues, but some antique vendors also will set up on Tarpon Avenue and Hibiscus Street.

To allow crowds to overlap more, the food truck rally will begin earlier than previous ones, which typically ran into the evening. Trucks are to begin serving food at 11 a.m. and do so until 4 p.m. The Antique and Treasure Show starts at 9 a.m. and also ends at 4 p.m.

Sieber said events like next Saturday’s help provide residents with in-town entertainment options, and that their appeal seems to be growing.

“I think a lot of our locals are enjoying more and more events being put on here,” she said. “Hopefully, it helps to get more going on for residents so they don’t have to travel to Dunedin or Clearwater for these events.”

In a related matter, the city commission approved a special-event application for the Craft Beer and BBQ Festival in Tarpon Springs, scheduled for March 7.

The application, submitted by the Rotary Club of Tarpon Springs, calls for the closure of the Orange Street and new Tarpon Avenue parking lots, as well as Orange Street from the parking lot to Safford Avenue.

Dan Jenkin, owner of the Tarpon Tavern, said Monday that details are still being finalized as to the event’s list of participants.

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