Early afternoon rumblings and mild tremors might just be a side effect of the first Big Truck Roundup hosted by BICC Starfish at Westwood Baptist Church Saturday afternoon.
Starfish director Corinne Freeman said children are always fascinated with equipment and large trucks.
Added Freeman, “They don’t really get to experience those things up close, because obviously, you can’t just walk out onto a workplace and look at the equipment.”
She contacted Caldwell Paving’s CEO Jonathan Cantrell to see if he could bring any trucks to the event. Cantrell readily agreed and reached out to fellow industrial businesses. Soon Volunteer Energy, Bradley Concrete and the Cleveland Fire Department joined.
Freeman said Cantrell expressed to her he feels the Big Truck Roundup is a good way to give back to the community.
The event is free to the public and is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tiny tots and vehicle enthusiasts alike are encouraged to check out the dump truck, water truck, Fire Engine 5, bucket truck and others set to be present.
At least one volunteer will be present at each truck. Explanation of each vehicle’s functions will be provided, with the possibility for a tour on some of the more children-friendly trucks.
Freeman said children appreciate large trucks in a way their adult counterparts often do not.
“The adult wants to know how the fire truck is going to help them and their family,” Freeman said. “The child ... sees it more from that natural curiosity standpoint and natural amazement and awe.”
Kona Ice and Jilly Dogs will be present for the event. Freeman said there will be no other food vendors. A portion of each stand’s profits from the day will go toward Starfish. Additional vendors will include local nonprofit service agencies.
Freeman said the event is about more than just showcasing large trucks from the community.
“We thought it would be really awesome, if we could bring all of those [trucks] together in a safe way and allow the children to explore them,” Freeman said. “Not just for the sake of exploring, but also to see what types of things really contribute to our community.”
She said she wanted the children and caregivers to see how the different equipment and machinery offer job opportunities.
“A lot of times we take for granted how essential [a bucket truck] is when we need power, when we have storms,” Freeman said, adding, “how essential it is we have dump trucks and pavers to have nice, smooth roads for everyone to drive on.”
She reiterated the event is no cost to visitors or Starfish. Westwood Baptist provided the venue and local businesses provided the trucks. Food at Kona Ice and Jilly Dogs will cost money.
Freeman sees this as an opportunity for families in Starfish, an early education program for children at Bradley Initiative for Church and Community, and others with children in the community.
“At the end of the day, what we are about is helping our families strengthen,” Freeman explained.
Workers from Safe Journeys will also be present to check car seats at the event. According to Freeman, 80 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly.
Added Freeman, “There is a difference between what is legally required and what is safely recommended.”
In the event of inclement weather, an announcement of cancellation will be made on BICC’s website, bicc-inc.org.