Jase Chinn, son of Jason and Melissa Chinn, experienced new heights during Big Truck Night on Oct. 6, as he took the seat on the Digger truck, while his Uncle Josh Chinn shows him the ropes.

The Monroe City R-1 School District hosted Big Truck Night on October 6 at the Lion’s Club Field. Guests could enjoy tours of approximately 21 different types of vehicles, along with activities for children to take part in. Organizer and Pre-K teacher Sarah Lorenson stated, “I was thrilled with the turn out we had this year.  All morning and afternoon I worried we would not have a great turn out due to the weather conditions but they improved greatly when it was time for the event to start.”

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Paxton Holland stands beside Comeback Kid, a local mud truck.

The event had a large turn-out, with 150 families attending. The evening is designed for parents, children and family members to explore, investigate and have fun.  Through this event, the intention is to expose children to different types of transportation, services, and careers related to transportation in the area. Children were seen laughing and learning about different modes of transportations and how each operate to help the community in a variety of ways.


Nolan Buckman slides down the blow up big truck slide during the Big Truck Night held at the Lions Club Field on Oct. 6.

Families were able to tour ambulances, a hearse, police cars, semi-trucks, tractors, lawn mower, bucket trucks and received small gift bags filled with candy, plastic hats and other items.

Businesses participating included Monroe City Police Department, Monroe City Ambulance District, Monroe City Fire Department, Northeast Power, City of Monroe, Turpin’s Automotive, Meyer Imp.,  JC Automotive Repair, Ren Potterfield Trucking, Josh and Justin Potterfield Trucking, GC Potterfield Trucking, Roberts Towing, Bleigh Redi-Mix, Ralls County Road Department, James O’Donnell Life Celebration Home, Farmers Elevator, The Hunting Corner,  Monroe City Sheltered Workshop, Geoff Beaver Race Truck,  Warren Beaver Race Truck and Mark Twain Lake- US Army Corps of Engineers.