Family Cornerstone’s Big Truck Round-Up draws future drivers

By SARALYN NORKUS saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 5/14/17

Weather concerns may have pushed the fourth annual Big Truck Round-Up back a week, but that didn’t stop families in the community from coming out to Westwood Baptist on Saturday.

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Family Cornerstone’s Big Truck Round-Up draws future drivers

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Weather concerns may have pushed the fourth annual Big Truck Round-Up back a week, but that didn’t stop families in the community from coming out to Westwood Baptist on Saturday.

Organized by Family Cornerstones’ Starfish program, a multitude of big rigs were brought out to the church parking lot for local children to enjoy.

“It’s to offer families a hands on learning experience. We know that not every kid is going to become a doctor, so this gives them the chance to learn about other professions, explore trucks that kids love and talk to the drivers to see what it’s all about,” Family Cornerstones, Inc. Executive Director Chrissy Pugh said.

Present at the Big Truck Round-Up were trucks and equipment from:

- Engine #5 from the Cleveland City Fire Department

- Caldwell Paving

- Volunteer Energy Cooperative

- Titan Towing

- James Davis Trucking

- Bradley Concrete

- Miller Industries

- Buy Here Pay Here

Koana Ice and Pop’s Redhots provided concessions, while vendors included the Bradley County Health Department, Welcome Friends and Westwood Day School.

If children were not enjoying exploring the big trucks, they were able to have fun at the event’s Developmental Discovery Site.

For Kristin Garner, the Big Truck Round-Up proved to be a great activity to bring her 3-year-old son Caysen to.

“We love it and are having a blast,” Garner declared.

“We’ll be back for sure next year.”

Miller Industries participated for the first time this year and brought up one of the largest pieces of equipment they can manufacture.

“What we brought is a Peterbilt 75- ton twin sphere rotator,” Larry Curry explained. “This is the largest piece of equipment we manufacture at Miler Industries. We manufacture and distribute it all around the world.”

The event proved to be a fun experience for Katlyne Sansburn and her 13-month-old son Kellen. Having only been in Cleveland for a week following a move from Seattle, the pair was enjoying the weather and the big trucks.

“We just moved here a week ago and I was driving by and decided to stop and check it out,” Sansburn explained.

Caldwell Paving, who brought out seven pieces of heavy equipment and five trucks this year, has been a partner with Big Truck Round-Up since it began. For president Jonathan Cantrell, it is an event that he always enjoys coming out to.

“I think it brings awareness to the industry — people just don’t actively look to go into construction anymore, so if it helps encourage them, it’s a good thing,” Cantrell stated.

According to Cantrell, Big Truck Round-Up has grown every year and he hopes to see it completely fill up the Westwood Baptist parking lot soon.

“We’ve got enough people contacted that one of these days, I think we’ll be able to fill up every lot across this thing.”

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