Aiken Young Professionals bring new event to community


The Aiken Chamber Young Professionals (AYP) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by hosting a new event for the Aiken community to enjoy. Trucks N’Tunes is a free music tival and food truck event being held in Gyles Park at 421 Park Ave. from 2 – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, October 14.

2017 AYP Chair, Elizabeth Cahill said, “We knew we wanted to do something big for our 10-year anniversary, so we went really big!” Cahill said. “We created a subcommittee to focus solely on putting this new event together, and they have done everything from securing the location and permits to getting sponsors, artists and vendors. Everything has been 100 percent driven and arranged by AYP members.”

The Aiken community can expect to hear a great lineup of artists, dine at regional food trucks and enjoy selections of local craft and domestic beers that will be for sale. The music artist lineup includes Cole Taylor, Cody Webb, Rebel Union, Doug McCormick, Third Time Charmers, and Bethany & the Southside Boys.

“The plan is to make this an annual event that the community can look forward to each year,” said Cahill. “It is a great opportunity to connect people of all ages that have an appreciation for music. We chose to incorporate food trucks into the music festival to show our support of Aiken’s recently revised food truck ordinance.”

AYP member and festival subcommittee lead, Derek Herron, said, “This event gives AYP the chance to give back to the community while highlighting the skills and abilities of our membership. The festival’s logo, website, planning and promotion for this event has all been done by AYP members. We have so many members with various backgrounds and skills; we wanted to make sure to use as many talents as possible.”

Trucks N’ Tunes is one of several events that will make up a weekend full of fun and music in Aiken being called Aiken City Limits. Aiken City Limits is the result of a collaboration among several music events scheduled for the same weekend. See additional article on Aiken City Limits.

AYP is an Aiken Chamber of Commerce organization that provides an environment for individuals between the ages of 22 and 39 to meet and develop both socially and professionally through networking, professional development and community service opportunities throughout the year.

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