By Cathy Allerd | Daily Herald
Residents were not about to have a thunder shower ruin their Monday night Alpine Days event at Creekside Park.
“We can’t wait for the storytelling, I’ve heard it’s supposed to be special and it’s the details like free ice cream,” Brett Blake of Alpine said.
“Ice cream is like the alcohol of Utah,” Blake said joking.
Nearly 400 people attended the picnic in the park with lines for the Food Truck Rally nearly equaled that of the Provo rally on Thursdays.
“Provo is probably one of the Food Truck Rallies who they would have to compete with and this was well attended in spite of the rain,” said Chris Krzeminski, Kona Ice of North Utah County.
Once the torrent of rain began at 6:15 p.m., most people sought cover under the large pavilions.
David and Jeri Beck of Alpine were one of those who crowded into a pavilion.
“We love that it’s raining but why tonight,” Jeri Beck said. They usually attend the events to visit with old friends as David Beck is a native of Alpine, she said.
The food trucks — Sweet Burrito, Corndog Commander, Macarollin, Kona Ice and Flaming Hot Pizza — were parked alongside the curb where those who had umbrellas shared their shelter while they waited in the maelstrom to order.
By 6:30, some 75 percent of the crowd had dispersed.
Alpine Councilman Lon Lott attributed Cury Jones and the Alpine Days Committee for thinking of the Food Truck Rally idea for Monday.
“We’re excited. This is the first time we’ve had the rally,” Lott said. “Alpine Days is usually well attended.”
The Alpine Youth Council members gave out free ice cream and Fudgesicles toward the winding down of the rally when people were leaving for the storytelling and singing.
The featured entertainment was music and storytelling from artist Marvin Payne and others, and conceding to the continued downpour organizers moved the show to the city center.
More on the Alpine Days city celebration schedule can be found at alpinecity.org.