Kids check out the big rigs up close

by Mindy Mateuszczyk

Champlin-Dayton Press

 

Anoka-Hennepin Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness Parent Advisory Council hosted Vehicle Day Saturday at Champlin-Park High School.

Dominic Garza, 3, of Coon Rapids is all smiles as he tries out the race car just one day before the Talledaga NASCAR race. Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk
Dominic Garza, 3, of Coon Rapids is all smiles as he tries out the race car just one day before the Talledaga NASCAR race. Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk

It’s an annual spring event designed for children and their families to get in and check out vehicles they may see in their neighborhoods and around town every day.

ECFE aims to host Vehicle Day each year the first Saturday in May.

Despite the drizzly, cold weather during this year’s event, there were plenty of smiles and wide eyes as children and their families got up close and personal with all kinds of vehicles from police cars and fire trucks to dump trucks and even a Coborn’s Delivers food delivery truck.

Mindy Mateuszczyk is at [email protected]

Mary Wagner, 5, of Coon Rapids tests out what it would be like to drive a mail truck. Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk
Dominic Garza, 3, of Coon Rapids is all smiles as he tries out the race car just one day before the Talledaga NASCAR race. Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk
Joelle Taylore, 3, of Blaine takes the wheel of a widespread mower. The mower can cut a 16-foot wide swath of grass in one pass, which is roughly equivalent to a standard one-stall garage. Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk
Anika Struve, 9, of Ramsey looks up in awe as crews of the Anoka Champlin Fire Department demonstrate the mobility and reach of the ladder on its ladder truck. Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk
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Joelle Taylore, 3, of Blaine takes the wheel of a widespread mower. The mower can cut a 16-foot wide swath of grass in one pass, which is roughly equivalent to a standard one-stall garage. Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk