Organizers of Whitehall's Food Truck and Fun Festival expect the largest crowd yet at the annual event.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

In addition to the anticipated crowd of about 20,000, the event also will have the most food trucks in its six-year history as 35 will be available, said Kaitlin King, community-affairs manager for Whitehall.

Established in 2013, the Food Truck and Fun Festival has grown each year, King said, but has remained on South Yearling Road, between Etna Road and Langley Avenue.

Some activities, however, are being held in areas fronting South Yearling Road to allow for the growth, she said.

South Yearling Road, between Etna Road and Langley Avenue, is scheduled to close to traffic at 9 p.m. Friday, July 27, and reopen in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 29.

Admission is free.

Parking during the festival is available at Beechwood and Etna Road elementary schools and shuttles will be available between 1 and 10 p.m., King said.

"This year, we have more food options than ever before and something for every kind of foodie," she said.

Aside from the fleet of food trucks that includes Paddy Wagon, Yumii Kettle Corn, Funnel Cake Station and Chiky Chiky Waffle, the festival includes vendors selling crafts, a kids zone and live music on two stages, King said.

Headlining the entertainment is a country singer, Tucker Beathard, and the pop-music group, Blessid Union of Souls, which gained its greatest commercial success in the 1990s.

Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard said the festival, designed as a signature event for the city, has exceeded expectations.

"We knew if we provided a variety of great music, local and national bands, as well as great food and fun for the kids, we would be successful," Maggard said.

"However, this festival is greater than we ever imagined," attracting people to Whitehall for "a day of affordable, family fun."

Maggard said the city is in the early stages of planning how the festival can be expanded in the future.

For a schedule of events and stage performances and a list of vendors, visit the city of Whitehall's Facebook page.

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