BROOKSVILLE No need to play with small toys trucks when you can have the real thing at your disposal!
That's exactly what kids of all ages experienced last Saturday's "Kidz and Rigz" 2nd annual family fun event at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, sponsored by Hernando Builders Association and Oak Hill Hospital Pediatric ER.
Big rigs, race cars, bulldozers, helicopters, tractors, monster trucks, fire trucks, military vehicles, and heavy construction equipment were on display for kids to climb on, sit in, have fun, and use their imagination. More than 40 vehicles were on display.
Brenda McDaniel, executive officer of the Hernando Builders Association, said that the largest vehicle there was the Caterpillar 777 mine dump truck from the Cemex quarry mine in Brooksville.
"This truck can hold up to 80 tons of material," said McDaniel.
In addition, kids enjoyed a bounce house and face painting at the event.
The event was started by Hernando Builders Association's past president Chris Glover last year for his young son who loves to see big vehicles.
"It is a great fit for the Hernando Builders Association to put this event together for our community and our children. The kids love seeing the vehicles up close and getting to interact with them is an added bonus," said McDaniel.
Local retired truck driver, Joe Coleman, shared a story of his own friend's 8-year old son who loved big trucks. His friend's son kept asking to ride in Coleman's semi-tractor trailer and finally got to ride in the truck one day with Coleman.
"He was thrilled. He thought he was parking it and backing it up to the dock. He was so proud. I wasn't going to tell him any different. It was a big moment for him," said Coleman.
Proceeds from the "Kidz and Rigz" event help support the Shriner's Children Hospital.
The Shriners were on hand to give parents free child identification program kits. Each kit contains a CD of their child's digital finger prints, a full physical description of their child, digital video and digital photos of their child. In addition, a DNA sample and two laminated ID cards, one each for the child and parent, are included in the kit. No information of the child is kept by the Shriners. The child identification kits can help in the recovery of missing children.
For more info, visit www.hernandobuilders.com or www.facebook.com/KidzAndRigz or contact (352) 596-1114.
Hernando Today correspondent Heather Francis can be reached at toheatherfrancis (at) gmail.com.