Don Mayhew serves a customer from the surrounding area.
Don Mayhew serves a customer from the surrounding area. Pictured are pulled pork sandwich meals from the Say Cheese food truck. Photo by Lena Nelson/NNS.

Ceresco has typically had few options when it comes to dining in or take-out over the years, but that has changed in the past couple of months.

Since Aug. 19, various food trucks have ventured out to the town of a little over 1,200 people every Thursday to serve meals. Most of the trucks are making the trip from Lincoln. This is the first time Ceresco has done something of this nature, beyond bringing trucks out for the annual celebration of Ceresco Days.

“It really all started with Doug Wilson’s love for food and since we don’t have many places to get food besides Squeegee,” said Shawn Manion, Ceresco Days committee member.

Wilson, a Ceresco resident, talked to members of the Ceresco Days board who brought it up with the village board.The two boards decided to organize the event for food trucks to come out and host a back-to-school kick-off for families in the area.

Say Cheese served cheeseburgers and pulled pork on the evening of Sept. 30. Customers lined up outside the truck parked at the Ceresco Public Park to order their meals.

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Pulled pork sandwich meals from the Say Cheese food truck. Photo by Lena Nelson/NNS.

Former owner of the Pasta Place and current owner of Say Cheese, Don Mayhew, visited for the first time. While this was his first time in Ceresco, It was not his first time serving a small town, as he has also gone to Waverly and Davey.

Ceresco native Mary Maxson said her family has patronized all the food trucks so far.

“The community has been very supportive of the trucks,” said Mary Maxson, a Ceresco native. “We really have enjoyed the fellowship and not having to travel out of town for a meal.”

Some trucks have a two-hour wait due to the turnout and long lines. While some of the trucks have been affected by school sports events causing slower business, most have been serving large numbers.

“All of the trucks have served anywhere from 200 to 300 people, and we have yet to have a truck that didn’t sell out,” Manion said.

Customers include those living in Ceresco, as well as individuals living in the surrounding areas.

Lynn and Mary Maxson mentioned FlyDogz and Granny Weaves being among their favorite food trucks so far.

Food trucks will continue to travel out to Ceresco, serving from 5 to 8 p.m. until Oct. 21.

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