On paper, corralling 17 local food trucks into an empty lot and unleashing hungry, tipsy hordes might be an exercise in chaos theory.
However, when the Boise Food Truck Rally circled the proverbial wagons at Fourth and Grove streets to celebrate its first anniversary on First Thursday, Sept. 6, the large crowd fanned out to sample all the truck options with few traffic jams.
But one of the few glitches were the goatheads. The pesky spikes turned the soles of attendees' shoes into makeshift cleats. Our group attempted to remove the goatheads by shuffling down the sidewalk, to little avail.
After the fact, rally-goers commented about the goatheads at length on the Food Truck Rally's Facebook event page.
"The goat heads were HORRID! I literally had trouble enjoying the event. I felt particularly bad for all the dogs, that were brought inside," said Suzy Hoeft.
"Good time, good food. Even the goat heads got in on the fun :)" wrote Cindy Knickerbocker.
Despite nature's onslaught, the rally was poppin', with multiple rows of picnic tables packed full of people. A majority of the 17 trucks had lines, though not of the snaking, chaotic length seen in months past.
Even Boise's new healthier food truck option, the Paleo Shack, did well. Maybe a little too well. It sold out of many items by 7 p.m.
"It went really well," said Paleo Shack co-owner Brandon Rogers. "We sold out of almost everything. We probably had about 70 customers in total; next time, we'll probably overshoot with the amount of food we bring."
Payette Brewing Company estimated they sold more than 200 beers judging by the number of cups used by 7 p.m. Organizers said they expect to see a second anniversary of the rally.