MERIDEN — The city marked National Public Works Week with a truck parade and other events over the weekend.
Families gathered on the Meriden Green on Saturday to watch how trucks operated, to hear the winners of the “Name-A-Truck” contest, participate in the touch a truck portion of the event and draw on the sidewalk with chalk. The Meriden Public Library had its Bookmobile available and the Meriden Humane Society had a booth as well.
“Not only does it give us a chance to engage the community in what we do and really let them see firsthand what our employees do and what our trucks are and what they do, but it also helps us celebrate our employees,” said Mayor Kevin Scarpati.
This was the second year the event was put on by the city. Saturday.
“It was great, that’s why we are doing it again,” said Sustainable Meriden Advisor, Deanell Fraser.
The American Public Works Association sponsors the event nationwide. This year’s theme was “Ready & Resilient.”
The event started off with a demonstration of the five different trucks. The crowd cheered as the bucket truck driver raised himself high in the bucket and then threw down balls, water balloons and fruit.
Then, it was the announcement of the winners of the “Name-A-Truck” contest. Winners received a goodie bag, including an orange vest and a construction hat, and the ability to take a photo with their truck. The trucks will keep these names for an entire year.
Two Roger Sherman Elementary School students won the contest. Baylor Aldrich, 7, named a plow truck “Sandy Salter.” Cameron Angus, 7, won by naming a vacuum truck “Sir Vacs O’Lot.”
For families, this event was a way for them to get out and do something fun during the weekend. Farrah Foster was at the event holding her son, Jamison.
“He loves trucks,” Foster said. “With COVID, he hasn’t really gotten a chance to do a lot of stuff.”
Scarpati said it was nice to see the community out and participating in this event.
“From the community aspect, it is great to see the kids out here engaging, coloring, entering name contests,” Scarpati said. “But then for our employees, to know the community supports them is important as well.”
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