Huntsville Police shut down Monroe for food trucks

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  People from across the Tennessee Valley are flocking to this month's street food gathering in downtown Huntsville. Dozens of vendors line up on Monroe Street in front of the Von Braun center to serve the thousands of patrons expected to attend.

As usual, the crows pour in, but it was a very different scene hours earlier when police shut down Monroe Street.

"It's great working with awesome partners like Huntsville Police Department and other departments to shut down an entire street here," said Chad Emerson, CEO of Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

Downtown Huntsville, Inc. is prepping for the August Street Food Gathering. In that preparation is the police-enforced shutdown of Monroe Street that started at two in the afternoon.

"When we start moving the food trucks in, they have a clear road, no one else will be coming in on top of them," said Sergeant Mark Shahan, Traffic Task Force Supervisor for the Huntsville Police Department.

Twenty-two vendors made their way past the early afternoon blockade to set up for the three hours of hungry street traffic they are sure to face.

"By the end of the evening you'll see people up and down the street, having a good time," said Emerson, "everyone gets along great, spending a lot of money, it's just a great experience overall."

Downtown Huntsville, Inc. hosts food truck rallies the third Friday of every month, but only until October.

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