The largest gathering of fire trucks in the state is set for this weekend.
The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host its annual Fire Truck Festival on Saturday, June 22 which expects to draw over 90 fire trucks from across the state.
The festival, which is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m., allows the public to meet firefighters from North Carolina, get a close up look at the equipment they use, vote for their favorite fire truck and enjoy a family day at the museum.
The event will include appearances by the Charlotte Fire Department’s 1861 Neptune Hand Powered Pumper, commemorative locomotives from Norfolk Southern Corporation and CSX and the N.C. Forest Service helicopter.
Children are invited to participate in the Little Mr. and Ms. Firefighter Contest that will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Judges will pick the winners who will secure a spot aboard one of the lead fire trucks during the parade at the end of the day.
Other events for children will include water hose demonstrations with the Charlotte hand pumper, crafts, face painting, bounce houses and temporary tattoos.
The Fire Truck Flea Market will offer firefighter-related merchandise in the museum’s Back Shop and a 3 p.m. Parade of Fire Trucks will close out the event.
The N.C. Transportation Museum is located at 1 Samuel Spence Dr. in Spencer.