Veterans Park

Wayne Baker / WYSO

Springfield played host to city's first-ever Gourmet Food Truck Competition over the weekend. Veterans Park was jammed with people who turned out to sample food from nearly 40 vendors.
 

The food trucks were competing for a $10,000 grand prize as judges tasted and graded each vendor's signature dish. Harvest Mobile Cuisine from Spring Valley, Ohio took the top prize with its Land and Sea BLT. 

Nearly 40 food trucks will have their best culinary delights on display in Springfield this Saturday.  The vendors will be competing for a $10,000 grand prize in the city's first ever Gourmet Food Truck Competition.

The Springfield Rotary Club organized the event, which has drawn national attention from the growing food truck movement. Vendors from outside of Ohio have signed up to showcase food that ranges from gourmet hot dogs to Korean fusion food.

When Dave Bauer was serving in the Vietnam War, he worked alongside human and canine soldiers. When Bauer got injured on the battlefield, he became aware of the sacrifices of the war dogs.

"I was laying there in the hospital, and they were operating on me and when I looked over on the other gurney, they were operating on a dog," he says.

Bauer received a Purple Heart for his service and is now a Clark County Veterans Commissioner. In 2009 he began raising funds to construct the War Dog Memorial, which honors dogs who serve a in a variety of capacities.