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Big Truck Day on tap

July 20, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Kids can inspect everything from a Humvee to a cement mixer at Dial Help Community Support and Outreach Center's fourth annual Big Truck Day.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Copper Country Mall. This year's trucks include a snowplow, grader, Upper Peninsula Power Company boom truck, a Humvee and 5-ton troop carrier from the National Guard, a dog sled from the Solitaire Dog Sled Kennels, buses, police vehicles, and many more.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per child, with proceeds going to support Dial Help programs.

"It's a fundraiser, but we're trying to give an opportunity for kids and families to get out during the day, enjoy the weather, see some of the trucks and have a bit of fun themselves," said Big Truck Day co-coordinator Kerri Mayra.

When they're not looking at the trucks, kids can take part in activities such as a cakewalk, face painting, coloring and visiting with McGruff the Crime Dog. A hot dog vendor and a bake sale will also be at the event.

"It just gives an opportunity to see what our community has to offer as far as trucks, and come out and enjoy the summer weather," Mayra said. "We provide services to the community, too, and hopefully it'll provide support for the things we're trying to give to them."

Dial Help services include crisis intervention, victim services, prevention programs for elementary school through college students, family counseling and more. For more information, go to or call 482-9077.



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