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Food Truck Rodeo serves up lunch in downtown Greenville

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One of the downtown Greenville foot trucks. (Sept. 11, 2013/FOX Carolina) One of the downtown Greenville foot trucks. (Sept. 11, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The smoky aroma that fills the air around Henry's Smokehouse will fill the streets of downtown Greenville Thursday at the Food Truck Rodeo.

Local business owners who have a food truck are very excited.

"It's downtown's first one," said Tiger O'Rourke of Henry's Smokehouse. "There have been other rodeos around here, but this is the first one that's actually in the city."

If you are not feeling high on the hog, perhaps something a little sweeter, like a gourmet cupcake from The Chocolate Moose.  Assistant Manager Ashley Turner was gearing up for the event Wednesday afternoon.

"Local community—local vendors; it's pretty much just an amazing event," Turner said.

The Food Truck Rodeo is the first of its kind for the central business district of downtown Greenville. Greenville City Council decided back in June to allow food trucks to sell their products on downtown streets. Business owners are eating it up.

"We all work together as a team," Turner said. "It's really good to help all of our businesses grow and basically show that we can come out there, we can cater, we can deliver and it's a really good way of advertising for small businesses."

O'Rourke said each business that participates is eager to help the other out at the Rodeo, and promote local business.

"We are all separate but equal," he said. "It's gonna be a lot of different types of restaurants and food."

In fact, Henry's Smokehouse got their truck—"Henry's Hog-Hauler"—just for the occasion. It's only three weeks old.

These businesses hope the folks who visit downtown will be just as excited about their mobile restaurants as they are.

"A food truck rally is not heard of that much around hear," said O'Rourke. "If you have time—sample—go to every truck, try a little bit of everything.

The Food Truck Rodeo started Thursday at 11 a.m. and will go until 2 p.m. at the corner of Augusta and River Streets in downtown Greenville.

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