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Rock Concessions a staple in Grant County

ROCKIN’ AROUND THE COUNTY:Bill Rock Jr. and his wife, Sandy, set up a new concession stand at the 4-H Fairgrounds on June 18, 2015. The Rocks are the second generation to run Rock Concessions. Bill Rock Sr. and his wife, Barb, started the business 40 years ago.

BY Lucas Robinson - lrobinson@chronicle-tribune.com

If you’ve been to a fair in Grant County since 1975 you know Bill Rock’s name.

Rock owns and operates, alongside his wife, Sandy, the business Rock Concessions, a fleet of food trucks which have been a staple of fair culture in Grant County and surrounding areas for several decades.

Rock’s parents started the business in 1975, and for years Bill and Sandy worked for the concession truck before purchasing it themselves. The Rocks now have four trucks in their fleet and are celebrating their 43rd year as a community favorite. Bill Rock cited the family effort as the business’ key to success.

“Sandy is really the organizer that does the majority of the organization and hiring the help and making sure things are done right,” Rock said. “She was one of the original ones when my parents decided to do the concession business.”

The food sold by the concession truck: tenderloins, elephant ears, and corn dogs all are made using the Rocks’ own recipes.

“There’s no store bought ingredients that go out into it,” Rock said.

The Rocks’ signature tenderloin recipe, in particular, has won the Chronicle-Tribune’s “Grant County Greatest Tenderloin Award” year after year.

“Everybody in my family goes for Rock Concessions,” said Larry Leach, mayor of Gas City where Rock is on the city council. “You can’t beat their food really.”

Rock Concessions can be found at almost any nearby major event. The trucks’ frequent stops include the 4-H Fair, the James Dean Spring Run Car Show in Fairmount, the Matthews Covered Bridge Festival, the Park County Bridge Festival, as well as fundraisers with the Grant County Special Olympics, Jonesboro Historical Society and the Mississinewa football team.

This year’s season for the concession truck doesn’t start until First Fridays in May, a popular community event held in downtown Marion.

Sandy Rock always looks forward to First Fridays and fair season.

“I’m always excited for it to start and get things going,” she said. “Summer is almost here and I like summer.”

Rock Concession’s always wants to give back to the community it has served and “likes to give back when it can,” according to Bill Rock.

“Whenever we can, we try to help out,” he said. “Our customers have been very loyal. It’s the same people year after year. We appreciate the fact they continue to support us.”