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Food trucks will be allowed to set up outside Redskins Training Camp

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When the Redskins' training camp rolls back into town next month, you're going to have something new to look forward to. Food trucks will be allowed to set up shop along Leigh Street. The news comes after some vendors felt shut out from not being invited to participate last year.    

Mayor Dwight Jones isn't set to announce this new plan until Friday, but NBC12 got a first look at the application that will soon be distributed to area food truck owners. Camp organizers will only choose a select number of vendors.

The buzz over the Redskins in Richmond created quite the frenzy when the team arrived last year. One group that expected a boost from the extra traffic -- local vendors.

"We like selling, but we also enjoy people enjoying the hot dogs and we have great fun with the people," said Robert Stout of The Dog Wagon food truck.

But during the camp's debut, area food trucks were not invited to set up shop. This year, that's changing. Richmond leaders are inviting a select number of food trucks to operate along West Leigh Street, just outside of the training camp entrance.

"We wanted to be out there last year because we felt the food trucks would offer a great variety of food to the people going to the stadium and the people out there on the street," Stout said.

Some vendors, though, have concerns.

"Being locked in to those obligations for passer-bys, not people who are coming in, it's not like you're a main vendor inside the venue," said Patrick Harris of Boka Taco.

Harris wants more specifics before he gets excited.

There's a $2,500 fee for the food trucks to come to camp, and priority will be given to owners who can commit to being there during the entire camp season.

"It really depends. There's certain days that there are high volume out there. You're talking about a market that's not captured like it would be at typical venues where they would charge you like a festival or something like that," Harris said.

Other owners like Stout are just glad the city is giving them a chance.

"The whole idea of just being invited to me is exciting," he said.

The mayor's press secretary says the money generated from the $2500 fee per food truck will go to the city of Richmond. More information about the application process will be unveiled in two days.

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