Families get close look at vehicles

Krystle Wagner • Jun 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Horns sounded as children climbed into driver seats Monday morning.

Public works trucks and emergency responder vehicles were among the dozen vehicles that families had a chance to get an up-close look at during the Touch a Truck event at Loutit District Library in Grand Haven.

Larry Halverson, LDL's community relations coordinator, said the annual event kicks off the library’s Summer Reading Club, and it’s a crowd favorite that typically draws hundreds of children.

For the second year, Carmen Veurink and her sons, 3-year-old George and 18-month-old William, spent time looking at the vehicles. Veurink said her sons like cars, and the event offers a lot of fun for them.

Grand Haven Board of Light & Power’s truck caught the attention of George Veurink, who said he likes it because it reminds him of the crane vehicle in “Bob the Builder.”

Hudsonville resident Gabi Baker and her family traveled to Grand Haven to see her artwork being displayed on the Ottawa County Road Commission’s plow. Although it was chilly and overcast Monday morning, Baker said it was nice seeing it on display and families looking at it. Baker said it was fun designing it and many classmates helped her paint it.

While families walked around the parking lot, children climbed into the driver seats and sounded the vehicles' horns.

After sitting inside the cab of one of the City of Grand Haven’s Department of Public Works vehicles, Eleanor Harris smiled and laughed after she honked the truck’s horn.

“That was cool,” she said.

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