Panama City, FL –
BAY COUNTY, Florida (WMBB)– After almost a year of convalescence after a tragic car accident that police told us was a drunk driver, News 13’s Tess Rowland is celebrating the milestone of her recovery by hosting a local food truck contest that benefits the local community.
The #TessStrong Food Truck Fest will take place on May 21 from 2-6 p.m. at Carl Gray Park.
9 food trucks will be at the event, and 10% of proceeds will be donated to Mothers Against Drunk Driving to support local victims and provide more resources for law enforcement to fight drunk driving locally.
The event is free and attendees will use a QR code to vote for their favorite food trucks.
Two food trucks join the News 13 team this morning, to show viewers exactly what they can get at the festival.
“Drunk driving has affected me personally because I lost several friends in high school to a drunk driver,” said Daric Freeman, owner of That’s What Cheese Said.
Local law enforcement agencies like Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Panama City Beach Police Department, Panama City Police Department, Lynn Haven Police Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Florida Highway Patrol will all be at the event alongside Bay County EMS and Panama City. Fire Rescue with fun activities for kids.
Some of these include an obstacle course with drunk glasses, a rollover simulator, and the ability to check out law enforcement and first responder gear.
There will also be exciting raffles from local businesses like The Marketplace, Sandbar, Firefly and Captain Anderson’s.
Attendees will receive a checklist card and once they have visited all attractions provided by local first responders, they will receive an article from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. To confirm your presence at the #TessStrong Food Truck Festival, click here.
“The goal is to educate the community about the dangers of impaired driving in a fun and interactive way,” Rowland said.
Along with fun and food for the whole family, there will be a makeup artist and live music from headliners like Nate Pennington, Jack & Gin and Audrey Jade.
Also at the event, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Rowland will honor local law enforcement officers who have gone above and beyond for impaired driving enforcement with an awards ceremony.
Rowland has undergone six surgeries since her accident and suffered injuries to her shoulder, arm, elbow and knee, among other internal injuries. She is still undergoing physiotherapy and occupational therapy for her injuries at present.
Since her accident, Rowland has endeavored to share her story with local high school students during Mock DUI accident scenarios and has worked to create a Bay County DUI Task Force.
“As a survivor, I am using this opportunity to become a voice for the voiceless and those who did not survive. People need to understand that drunk driving is not an accident. Someone does the choice to put yourself and others at risk,” she said.
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