Horns were blaring and sirens wailing outside the Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove May 6.
Fifteen vehicles – buses, emergency vehicles, motorcycles and more – were parked outside for the St. Francis School District Early Childhood program’s annual Vehicle Day event.
More than 100 children climbed aboard vehicles to explore.
According to Amanda Ulrich, chairperson of the event, more “everyday” vehicles that kids might see on the road were included in this year’s lineup, such as a camper, two motorcycles and a semi truck.
The camper, owned by Janet Sahlstrom, was a favorite with many little ones, maybe because snacks were available inside, she said.
Dexter Munoz, 4, checked out Sahlstrom’s motorcycle, pretending to drive wildly.
“Uh oh, cops!” Dexter exclaimed when he heard sirens across the field.
A towering crane returned after a several-year absence. An ambulance, buses, fire trucks, a motor grader, a snow plow, a water rescue boat and a wheel loader were also on display.
Children loved riding a lift meant for people with disabilities on a Rise Inc. bus. While fun was had, children learned from Ron Woolcott the true purpose of the lift.
The event aims to get kids comfortable with vehicles and eliminate fears they may have, particularly fears associated with emergency vehicles, Ulrich said.