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Fairchild celebrates with Food Truck Festival

Emily Liapis partakes of some freshly made cotton candy during the Food Truck Festival, Aug. 26, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The Food Truck Festival offered many treats and games for children big and small. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Emily Liapis partakes of some freshly made cotton candy during the Food Truck Festival, Aug. 26, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The Food Truck Festival offered many treats and games for children big and small. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Kids enjoy the inflatable carnival games during the Food Truck Festival, Aug. 26, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The festival was host to several inflatable attractions, oversized games, and a pool for children of all ages. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Kids enjoy the inflatable carnival games during the Food Truck Festival, Aug. 26, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The festival was host to several inflatable attractions, oversized games, and a pool for children of all ages. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Joe McCarthy, the owner of Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese, offers up a grilled bacon and cheese sandwich during the Food Truck Festival, Aug. 26, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese was one of 10 food trucks to offer free menu samples to all attendees.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Joe McCarthy, the owner of Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese, offers up a grilled bacon and cheese sandwich during the Food Truck Festival, Aug. 26, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese was one of 10 food trucks to offer free menu samples to all attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Keith Niehenke and Julie Layne Niehenke, lead guitarist and singer for The Hankers, play country music for the crowd during the Food Truck Festival, Aug. 26, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The Hankers, a country, southern rock and blues band, provided music throughout the event as well as the singing of the national anthem.

Keith Niehenke and Julie Layne Niehenke, lead guitarist and singer for The Hankers, play country music for the crowd during the Food Truck Festival, Aug. 26, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The Hankers, a country, southern rock and blues band, provided music throughout the event as well as the singing of the national anthem.

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – -- Hundreds of Airmen and their families came out to enjoy the 2016 Food Truck Festival near Heritage Park Aug. 26, 2016.

Col. Yvonne Spencer, 92nd Mission Support Group commander, kicked off the event by welcoming the attendees and highlighting the attractions.

“Our Force Support Squadron rock-stars truly outdid themselves with this year's Food Truck Festival. This was our first time bringing this type of event to Team Fairchild and I think we knocked it out of the park,” Spencer said . “I am so pleased that our teammates and their families took the time to relax and enjoy each other and the amazing weather, for it felt like a huge family reunion.”

Attractions included 10 different food trucks that presented free samples of their specialties ranging from grilled cheese to ice cream, live music on stage, carnival bouncy rides, jumbo-sized games, outdoor pool access, sponsor booths and prizes for attendees that visited every attraction and ponsor booth.

As an added surprise to some children, a fairytale princess was seen wandering around the event greeting and giving treats to the kids. Kerri Sadowski, a program coordinator at Eastern Washington University, had volunteered to dress up as Cinderella and entertain the children for the festival.

“We wanted to get out of our comfort zone and do something different, as we have a catered base picnic every year. This was a chance to do something special,” said Senior Airman Cherise Hood, 92nd FSS event coordinator. “This event was so great, I just love it.”