Enfield Public Library hosts 14th Vehicle Day

By Cathi Sasportas - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Thu., Jun. 20, 2013
Neil Kluczwski and his 1-year-old son, Aiden, take a ride in the Hazardville Fire Department ladder truck at the 14th annual Vehicle Day at the Enfield Public Library. Photos by Cathi Sasportas.
Neil Kluczwski and his 1-year-old son, Aiden, take a ride in the Hazardville Fire Department ladder truck at the 14th annual Vehicle Day at the Enfield Public Library. Photos by Cathi Sasportas.

Fire trucks, bull dozers, limousines and more filled the Enfield Public Library's parking lot for Vehicle Day on Saturday, June 15.  This was the 14th year in which the event has gathered all kinds of vehicles, from small racing cars that young children can drive to large tractor trailers.

Lisa Ellis, the coordinator of children's services at the library, organized the event. "I like reaching out to the community and allowing them to share their passion with others," she said.    Ellis said seeing how much the kids enjoy it is also a driving force behind organizing the day every year.

According to Ellis, Rafferty Fine Grading has been an integral part of keeping Vehicle Day alive all these years. The company brought many trucks, bull dozers and equipment for children to explore. Kurt Rafferty said it was the biggest turnout of vehicles they had seen at the event, and they had been participating since 2001. "I love being a part of this," he said. "It reminds me of my dad bringing me to stuff like this when I was a kid."

Rafferty Fine Grading also had a hand in putting a smile on all the children's faces: they sponsored the ice cream truck for the event, which provided free ice cream to the young guests. "The ice cream truck has always been a highlight of the event, so it feels good to be able to do that for the kids," said Rhonda Rafferty.

Nearly every vehicle in attendance was able to be explored by the children. Fire trucks, police cruisers, Enfield sanitation trucks, large tractors, limousines, race cars, grading machines and even a Model T were all available for the children to climb into, turn the steering wheel and even pull the air horn. The Hazardville Fire Department provided a special treat, allowing everyone to take a ride up in the air with its ladder truck.

Fire Chief Jack Flanagan said he enjoys the event because it is a good opportunity to show off the department's equipment. "The fun thing is watching all the kids," he said. "You never know, maybe we'll get a few recruits out of this."

Melissa and Joel Ketchale have been to the event several times with their two daughters. "It's a great event, the kids love it," she said. "They love seeing the trucks and cars and going up in the ladder truck. Plus, this library is awesome."


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