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Local food truck headed to Tampa for world record bid

SEBRING -Charles and Evelyn Butcher are taking their gator bites to a Tampa food truck rally that's trying to make history. Sort of. The Loafin Around Cafe food truck, which the Butchers own, is expected to be one of around 100 trucks, trying to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest food truck rally Aug. 31 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, organizers say. Earlier this year, 62 food trucks set the record at Magic City Casino in Miami. That's the record the Butchers are hoping to help break.
Jeremy Gomez, who operates Generation Food Truck in Tampa, formed Skypunch Entertainment with Michael Lynch of the mobile site Truckspotting.com and Tampa blogger Carlos Hernandez of the food review site CarlosEats.com to pull off the event, the Tampa Tribune reported in July. When Charles and Evelyn Butcher heard about it, they knew they had to be a part and try to get their names in the record book. Since 100 food trucks are expected, the Butchers have pared down their usual menu and will be serving only gator bites and pork bites. Evelyn Butcher doesn't know what to expect. Initial reports that 3,000 to 4,000 people were expected to attend has now ballooned to more than 10,000 people, she said. "Nobody is expecting to make any money," she said. It's the adventure and the chance of being in the record books that has drawn her and her husband to the event. Twenty bands also are expected to play, she said, at the shindig set from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that Saturday. Highlands County residents may have been the Loafin Around Cafe food truck parked outside Lowe's in Sebring. Evelyn Butcher said there's is the only food truck in the county, and because of that, it's been a little hard for some people to understand the concept of a mobile food kitchen, but word's getting around and they are having repeat customers, such as Steve Sowers, who works at Lowe's and finds the food truck convenient. After months of moving from one spot to another, the Butchers decided to set shop in one spot around April and are open everyday at the Lowe's parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "We decided to stop loafing around the county," Evelyn Butcher grinned.