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Taco Truck Throwdown Earns Honorable Mention recognizes event in Best Game Promotion category
December 12, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Grizzlies have been recognized by with an Honorable Mention in their 2012 Best Game Promotion award category for Taco Truck Throwdown 2. The Best Game Promotion from judges based on creativity, entertainment value, media exposure, drawing power, and execution of the operations. Taco Truck Throwdown 2, presented by,, CBS 47 and Q97, was held on August 30th at Chukchansi Park. Over 11,000 people indulged in tacos from 13 different mobile food trucks, eating a combined 14,550 tacos throughout the evening.

"We are honored once again to be recognized by for our promotions and entertainment," said Drew Vertiz, Vice President of Marketing for the Grizzlies. "During the night of Taco Truck Throwdown 2, we knew it was something special. The atmosphere and energy created by the fans and taco trucks provided the enjoyable setting for people to enjoy some local tacos and Grizzlies baseball in one place."

This is not the first time has honored the Fresno Grizzlies. In 2008, the Grizzlies were given the award for Best Game Entertainment, and in 2007, Grizzlies mascot Parker was named Best Mascot, beating out all other major and minor league mascots. Parker also earned an honorable mention for Best Mascot by in 2009.

Taco Truck Throwdown 2 was also nominated for Promo of the Year by earlier this fall. The Grizzlies are the only Minor League Baseball organization to be nominated for's Promo of the Year award for each of the last six years. is a resource web site designed to connect teams and event producers with ideas and tools that will enhance the entertainment value of their events. The site is produced and managed by Mark Out Productions, Inc. Jon Cudo, owner and founder of Mark Out Productions, serves as the editor of

Taylor University and their Silent Night game promotion won the award for Best Game Promotion this year. The Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League was also given an Honorable Mention in the category for their Backwards Night.