A dozen vehicles of all shapes and sizes were displayed Wednesday for the Big Truck End of Summer Party at Stewart C. Meyer Library.
The event celebrated the end of the summer reading program and was free and open to the public, library clerk Rose Ramon said.
The party featured vehicles from several city departments including Harker Heights fire, police, parks and recreation and public works.
For the first time this year, Ramon said, the library reached out to the Army, which lent one of its transport cargo trucks.
Kids took turns climbing in and out of the vehicles, honking horns and pushing buttons while the operators stood nearby.
Rene Fernandez, firefighter/paramedic for the Harker Heights Fire Department, said the event helps children become more aware of the large vehicles.
“The more they’re familiar with them the less they’ll be scared,” he said. “Most kids like fire trucks anyway so they’re excited to see it and the equipment we use.”
One of those kids was Mario Green, 5, whose mom, Erica, said he wants to be a fireman.
“He can see the truck and learn all the buttons they use and the ladder,” she said. “And his father is in the military so he’ll probably learn the importance of safety on the military vehicle.”
Brittany Hernandez brought her son, Leon, 2, who really likes big trucks, she said.
“We watch ‘Mighty Machines’ and he’s just fallen in love with them.”
Brothers James MacDonald, 8, and Billy McDonald, 6, both agreed that the trucks were really cool.
“I liked the horns and lights and climbing in and out,” James said.
To help beat the summer heat, the library staff gave popsicles and drinks to guests.