The seventh annual Big Truck Night attracted a large crowd on October 22. Different from previous years, the event was held at the Monroe City Lion’s Club parking lot. Several children were seen climbing in and out of the vehicles, inspecting each and asking questions, with smiles on their faces as they learned about each one. Parents spent the evening visiting while the children experienced the opportunity with excitement.
A popular attraction for the event was the helicopter. Children enjoyed tours of both Survival Flight helicopter and the University of Columbia Mizzou helicopter.
The event provided trucks from businesses throughout the surrounding area. The Monroe City Police Department handed out stickers and suckers. The Monroe City Fire Department displayed flashing lights with all three firetrucks, and firefighters were available to answer questions about the fire truck, their equipment and teach fire safety.
There were cement trucks from Bleigh Ready Mix, handing out yellow hard hats. Brand new tractors were present, a dirt bike along with trucks new and old to be admired. The Monroe City Ambulance District had their Ambulance available to be toured.
Families toured the buses and the crowd remained entertained as children climbed in and out of the different style of vehicles available.
The Big Truck Night is hosted by the Monroe City R-1 Preschool and organized by Mrs. Sara Clark with the intention to educate the public and give families an evening to learn together.