Columbia Parks and Recreation to host Tons of Trucks

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 | 4:05 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Want to get up close to a fire truck, police car or dump truck?

Tons of Trucks, an annual event held by Columbia Parks and Recreation, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rainbow Softball Center parking lot in Cosmo Park.

The event features about 50 trucks and smaller vehicles, including fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, dump trucks and snowplows, Recreation Specialist Erin Carrillo said. The Daniel Boone Regional Library Bookmobile will be present, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to bring a truck with a boat and a fish tank, Carrillo said.

“We really do have great participation from many segments of the community,” Director of Parks and Recreation Mike Hood said.

Carrillo said she likes seeing the vehicles’ drivers interacting with children, like showing them the inside of an ambulance, for example.

“It’s not just fun, but it’s also educational,” she said.

The event attracts mainly small children around preschool age, Hood said, but older and younger children come, too. He’s even seen parents get excited — the fathers, especially, get excited about the big trucks, he said.

“It’s a great family event,” Hood said.

Tons of Trucks is a free event and will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 874-7460 or visit

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