LOWELL | PaPa's Mini Donuts & Cheese Curds is something that would look at home on fairgrounds, surrounded by rides and carnival games.
It's a surprise that compels a double-take on a Lowell country road.
The flashing arrow pointing to Lowell's first and only food truck interrupts the normal cornfield and farmhouse scenery when driving on Morse Street.
In Steve Canaday's front yard, 1530 Morse St., the food truck serves beverages, buckets of freshly made doughnuts and fried cheese curds seven days a week.
PaPa's is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Canaday and his family run the food truck.
PaPa's — Canaday's nickname from his grandchildren — opened in May this year and has since gained a following through its website and social media. Canaday said he wanted to bring something new to the area.
The lifelong dream was inspired by a trip to the Minnesota State Fair where Canaday sampled Wisconsin cheese curds.
"It's just unique," Canaday said. "Unless you've had one, you'll never know what it's like."
The food truck was once a trailer Canaday used to haul equipment for his construction business, S.C. Services. This past winter, he and his family transformed it by adding frying equipment, plumbing and ventilation. Canaday said he just learned as he went.
With the festivals and his construction business, Canaday has a 95-hour work week.
The resolution to dedicate himself to the business was simple.
"I like people, and people like to eat," Canaday said.
Next winter, Canaday plans to build another PaPa's truck, so he can have one staying in the area and the other for the road.
In the winter, when the construction business is at a crawl, Canaday is thinking of traveling through the South with his food truck for state fairs.
"It's been a dream," Canaday said. "I've been chasing my dream, and now I've finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel."