The City of Altus held the 2nd Annual Big Truck Event on Wednesday at Western Oklahoma State College.
Despite the cold weather, children of all ages and their parents came to check out the firetrucks, police cars, drug task force armored vehicle, utility trucks, tractors and construction vehicles lined up in the parking lot.
Lights flashed and horns sounded as police officers and firefighters helped one child after another into the front seats to imagine life as an emergency responder.
Each child had a favorite “big truck.”
For brothers, Jed and Jackson Lee, that was the police car and the fire engine, though they made sure to see all of the vehicles including a utility trash compacting truck from the City of Altus.
“My favorite is the armored car,” Colby Englett said pointing to the MRAP, or mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle that the District III Task Force uses to respond to high-risk situations. “I like it because it’s big and I got to wear a heavy vest.”
The event drew people from all over the Altus and Altus Air Force Base community who made sure to get pictures with the men and women who operate the vehicles while learning a little about how the vehicles work and how they help the community.
The event was free to the public and is one of two special Spring Break events hosted by the City of Altus. The second is Field Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Hightower Park at the corner of East Broadway Street and Park Lane.
“We are excited to offer these free events in Altus. The Big Truck Event is an enjoyable and informative event to both young and old,” Altus Parks and Recreation Director Chris Griffith said. “Field Day will be an active and fun event for kids in Altus and the nearby communities to enjoy some outdoor play during Spring Break.”
For more information, contact Griffith at 580-481-2265.
Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.