The community favorite event will give local children the chance to operate heavy machinery.
Michael McCormic Jr.
The Nutter Family Foundation’s annual Dozer Day event will take place this weekend, just as it does every year on the third weekend in May.
Families with children of all ages are invited to join dozens of machine operators, who will assist in teaching the children how to run the equipment. While younger children will naturally need more help from the operators, the rule used by the event organizers, is “If you and the operator can fit in the cab together, you’re good to go!”
This event may be primarily geared towards youngsters, but for the young at heart, Dozer Day offers activities for the “biggest kid category,” in which visitors can operate a backhoe, excavator, or roller by themselves.
The machines and equipment that will available at the event include bulldozers, excavators, dump trucks, fire engines, and an ambulance. Additionally, the event focuses on educating families on safety, sustainability, and construction industry opportunities.
For those not interested in operating machines, there will also be a scavenger hunt, music entertainment, food and drinks, a shooting for prizes game, and a diamond dig, complete with real gemstones.
Tickets for Dozer Day cost $8 for children and seniors (60+) and $10 for adults, which can be purchased in advance at Chuck’s Produce or IQ Credit Union. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of the event for $11 for children and seniors and $13 for adults. Admission is free for anyone under 2 years old, and most activities at the event, including equipment rides, are free once inside. Once purchased, tickets can be used for either day of the event but cannot be used for both days; anyone wishing to attend on both Sat., May 19 and Sun., May 20 must purchase two tickets. Parking at the Clark County Fairgrounds is $6 per vehicle.
Dozer Day is sponsored by a handful of local businesses, and the money raised through the event is donated to local charities. For more information on Dozer Day, visit the event’s website at http://vancouver.dozerday.org/