CALVERT CITY -- Ribbon fries and ice cream were two hits off the menu this week at Calvert City's Food Truck Friday, a lunch gathering for local residents at Doctor's Memorial Park.
The event is a new city initiative to host food trucks at the park near City Hall. It began in early May and it's scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Friday through Sept. 27.
"I'm excited about Food Truck Friday and the different foods that are available," said Tammy Clark of Calvert City. "You get to come out and have a picnic and socialize with your friends."
Clark went for the first time this week because it was a "beautiful day" and she wanted to try ribbon fries from Mija's Food Truck. She also bought butter pecan ice cream from Sweetie's Ice Cream with her friend Suzy Colburn, also of Calvert City, who got mint chocolate chip.
Nearby, McKenzie Bebout, of Calvert City, waited for an order of tacos and ribbon fries from Mija's during her third time at Food Truck Friday. She is a fan of Little Korea, which serves Korean barbecue, and enjoys the event's variety.
Friday's turnout included visitors from Easter Seals West Kentucky, said Blair Travis, Calvert City director of marketing and business development. She wanted to bring the Food Truck Friday concept to Calvert City after noticing the popular trend emerging in larger cities.
"We have restaurants in Calvert City, but we could always use more, and having these food trucks come in as entrepreneurs -- for us, it's a way to promote them and help them with their business," Travis said. "There's no cost to set up. They can come here and set up in a high-trafficked road, but also a safe place for families to come and grab something to eat and go."
Travis said about five food trucks come in and out. This week's lineup was Mija's, Big Guys Pizza Grill, Sweetie's Ice Cream and Mamaw B's Bacon Rinds, which offer tacos, ribbon fries, grilled pizza, assorted ice cream and flavored "bacon rinds" made from wheat.
Calloway County resident Bretteni Hernandez, who owns Mija's, said it was nice to be invited and for communities to support food trucks and small businesses.
Marshall County resident Stephen Sears of Big Guys Pizza Grill commended the city for having the "foresight" to promote Food Truck Friday.
"They're very easy to work with," Sears said.
The food truck lineup is posted each week on the city's social media pages.