Big Rig Gig is a huge hit with the kids

Big Rig Gig is a huge hit with the kids

By Jim Newell

Review Editor

Fire trucks, police cars, a cement mixer, road commission construction vehicles, bulldozers and backhoes. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office sent a SWAT vehicle.

These were just some of the vehicles at this year’s Big Rig Gig at Friendship Park on Friday, giving kids the chance to climb on and through the big rigs, honk the horns and talk with police officers, firefighters, paramedics, road commission workers and school bus drivers.

The Big Rig Gig, run by the Orion Township Parks & Recreation Department’s Community Programs division, was free this year and had hundreds of kids exploring the big rigs, snacking on treats from the food trucks or playing on the playground.

The event included several community groups: the dancers from Orion Oxford Dance Arts performed acrobatic dance routines; the Orion Area Youth Assistance provided a bounce house – always a big hit with the kids; and the FlipSpot gymnastics had an obstacle and tumbling course.

For more on Orion Township Parks & Recreation programs and events, visit

For more photos see August 7 issue of The Lake Orion Review

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