Food Truck Rodeo beckons food lovers to Watford City, again

Watford City Food Truck Rodeo returns for second year with more vendors and family fun.

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WATFORD CITY, ND — The Food Truck Rodeo is back, and it's bigger and better than ever before! After a record-setting snow season, this event promises to bring flavor and family fun. In its second year, last year's inaugural event attracted over 3,500 attendees, and this year's event is expected to draw even more.

The Food Truck Rodeo will be held from June 9 through 11 at the Rough Rider Center Sports complex in Watford City, located at 2209 Wolves Den Parkway. This year's event will feature more food and non-food vendors, a cash bar and a larger inflatable area. Additionally, the event has been expanded to include a family-friendly Touch-A-Truck event on Friday, which is free thanks to the Watford City Police Foundation.

Visitors can enjoy the baseball games and try out the delicious food from the many participating food trucks. The Doug Johnsrud Memorial Baseball Tournament will run adjacent to the event from Thursday to Sunday and is free admission all weekend.

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The Rough Rider Center's Event & Recreation Director, Joshua Nollmeyer, is thrilled to welcome such a great event to the weekend's activity calendar.

"Nothing brings people together like food. We are excited to work with Mike and do our part to contribute to what will be a great weekend," he said. "Baseball and BBQ, not going to get much better than that."


Foodies can expect many of the state’s best mobile food vendors, a full cash bar, kid’s inflatables, a cornhole tournament as well as other activities to be announced. Mike Schmitz, event producer and owner of 701 Food Trucks says he’s excited to bring the mobile food event to the heart of the Bakken and share with the gathered masses a “taste” of the Food Truck scene from around the state.

“I have so much admiration for this community, how it’s grown and molded into what it has,” He said. “Our vendors and staff have been excited about this for a while, and we’ve already realized the community is as well.”

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Mark calendars for June 9-11, and join southwest North Dakotans for a weekend full of food, fun and family-friendly activities at the Watford City Food Truck Rodeo.
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The Food Truck Rodeo is organized by 701 Food Trucks, and the event is the first of seven to eight large-scale events in about six different markets in North Dakota. More details on official event hours, a list of vendors, as well as other promotions and activities will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, contact Mike Schmitz at 701-527-7868 or

James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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