Rodeo ringers: Community checks out city equipment

ESCANABA – Children participating in Escanaba’s first vehicle display got a chance to hop in the driver’s seat of a police car, fire truck, garbage truck, road grader, and other city equipment this past weekend.

Escanaba’s Vehicle and Equipment Rodeo took place under sunny skies Saturday morning on a street blocked off east of city hall.

“This is an opportunity to showcase the equipment the city uses and the employees who operate it,” commented City Manager Jim O’Toole. “It’s a chance for the public to interact with the equipment and the operators.”

Several city employees were on hand to answer questions about the equipment and help children climb into the driver’s seat of city vehicles. None of the vehicles were running.

It was evident by the smiles on kids’ faces that they enjoyed being at the helm of the cars and trucks and especially liked operating the vehicles’ horns. The children also got to sit in the seat of the leaf vacuum which is pulled behind the sweeper.

Other vehicles included in the public display were sewer trucks from the water/wastewater department, bucket and digger trucks from the electric department, and a front-end loader from the public works department.

Escanaba’s K-9 team of Public Safety Officer Dave Johnson and Officer “Dag” were a hit at the rodeo. The police dog also enjoyed all the attention from children and adults who pet him and rubbed his belly.

In addition to the equipment rodeo, a clown entertained children in the library where the Friends of the Escanaba Public Library held a book sale.