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Parks district gets ready for its 20th annual Big Truck Day on Saturday, Aug. 4.

PHOTO COURTESY BOB WAYT - Participants in last year's Big Truck event.Transportation trucks, tractors, dump trucks, fire trucks, police vehicles and more will be on display during the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District's Big Truck Day on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The 20th-annual event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, 9985 S.W. 125th Ave., Beaverton.

One of the district's most popular community events, Big Truck Day got its start in 1998, offering the opportunity to climb inside and explore big rigs. This year, more than 35 vehicles will be on display, provided by local companies and agencies including Beaverton Police Department, Flying H Construction, Ness Campbell Crane Inc., the Oregon Department of Transportation and many more. PHOTO COURTESY BOB WAYT - Participants in last year's Big Truck event.

The parks district will showcase several of its own vehicles as well.

"Big Truck Day is the only event of its kind in the region," said Ted Dum, Conestoga program coordinator. "Families are eager for the opportunity to explore these big vehicles."

A $5-per-child contribution at the door is suggested to help defray costs.

This year, the district will also offer the Big Truck Day Family Access Pass, which lets guests skip long entry lines and access the event through a dedicated preregistration gate. The Family Access Pass costs $50 and includes admission for two adults, two children, two youth-sized T-shirts and two plastic construction hats. The passes are in limited supply and are only available through preregistration. Preregistration closes Saturday, July 28.

Food, T-shirts and ear plugs will be available for purchase throughout the day. There also will be an indoor children's play area, a balloon twister, face painters and a large outdoor sand pit with toy trucks. Conestoga's 4,500-square-foot outdoor splash pad will be available throughout the event for no extra charge. Open swim will be held in the indoor pool from 1:15 to 7:55 p.m. for a drop-in fee.

Parking will be available at Conestoga Middle School and Southridge High School.

For more information about the 20th Annual Big Truck Day, please call Conestoga at 503-629-6313.PHOTO COURTESY BOB WAYT - Participants in last year's Big Truck event.

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