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Schenectady ARC to host Electric City Trucks, Taps, Corks and Forks on Saturday

Food trucks will be part of Electric City Trucks, Taps, Corks & Forks.
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Food trucks will be part of Electric City Trucks, Taps, Corks & Forks.

SCHENECTADY – Schenectady ARC is calling all foodies and cornhole enthusiasts for Electric City Trucks, Taps, Corks & Forks.

Set to run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Via Port Mall, the festival includes food and beverage trucks and a cornhole tournament, as well as children’s activities and live music from Skeeter Creek.

The list of on-site food trucks includes Flavors of Lebanon, the Mason Jar/Mac Factor, Tony’s Concessions, Backyard BBQ, SUNY Schenectady Food Truck, the Beverage Cart, Nine Pin Cider and Back Barn Brewing. Attendees will have a chance to vote in a “best-of” competition, judging signature foods from the vendors.

“We are looking forward to our fifth food truck event, Electric City Trucks, Taps, Corks & Forks. This year will be our biggest one yet, and all the money we make with admission will go right back to the individuals we serve at Schenectady ARC,” said Schenectady ARC Executive Director Kirk Lewis.

The event is the only annual fundraiser hosted by the nonprofit, which provides services and support to more than 1,000 individuals and families with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Capital Region.

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The goal is to raise $50,000, which is a small portion of the organization’s annual $30 million budget, much of which is funded through New York state.

“We’ve always had some fundraising to do the things that people need that aren’t funded by the state. It’s a really important part for us to continue to have the ability to meet needs, even if the state isn’t funding them,” Lewis said.

The festival has grown each year that Schenectady ARC has held it and last year drew roughly 1,000 attendees. The chance to connect with so many community members is another reason the festival is so important.

“We used to say that we were one of the best-kept secrets in Schenectady because we’re a pretty big employer but we have different sites, we’re scattered around the county. So people don’t necessarily realize just how extensive our services are and what we do,” Lewis said. “It’s a great way for us to let people know that we are a big part of the Schenectady social services network and we’re a big part of the Schenectady business economy.”

Beyond the food/beverage trucks, there will be raffles along with a Kids Zone featuring pumpkin painting, face painting, pumpkin bowling and more.

Admission is $5 and free for children 10 and under. A separate registration fee will be charged for the cornhole event, and each activity in the Kids Zone will have an additional charge.

For information, visit facebook.com/SchenectadyARC.

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