(The following message has been updated to reflect the rescheduled event )
On Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, the City of Lakewood will throw a hay-riding, tricked-trucking, pumpkin-picking party known as 10th Annual Truck and Tractor Day.
The always-popular event runs from noon to 3 p.m., at Fort Steilacoom Park. As its name implies, there will be trucks. There will be tractors. There will also be plenty of other reasons Truck and Tractor Day will be a great experience for you and the family. Here are some of our favorites:
What is the best part of October? The pumpkins, of course. The City knows this, which is why kids who attend will take home their very own free pumpkin while supplies last. Volunteers will help carve pumpkins and provide decorations for children to adorn their pumpkin. Kids will also get free hard hat. Get there early!
A smashing good time
In Lakewood, we have a favorite fall tradition: We like to smash things to bits. This year, you can take control of our pumpkin-chunkin’ launchers and blast those pumpkins across Fort Steilacoom Park, just like they used to do in the ol’ days. (Note: We have yet to confirm with the Lakewood Historical Society whether this actually happened in the ol’ days, but for convenience sake we’ll assume that it did).
Hit the hay
Enjoy free hayrides through Fort Steilacoom Park. This 340-acre gem is the largest in the City and a regional attraction. Enjoy a trip around Lake Waughop with the fall leaves crunching underneath those tractor tires.
Trucks, trucks, and….a boat?
Clean trucks. Dirty trucks. Milk trucks. Box trucks. You name it, Truck and Tractor Day will likely have it. The rigs will be right there for you to climb, although we strongly advise against trying to take one home as a souvenir. New this year is a Coast Guard Search and Rescue Boat.
Halloween Doughnut Game
If you have ever tasted the delicious doughnuts from the Original House of Doughnuts, you won’t want to miss this game where you try to eat the doughnut, with your hands behind your back, while it dangles from a string! It’s a whole new twist on eating treats!
New this year
Ok, so you’ve been to Truck and Tractor Day in years past, but you want to try something new? Don’t worry, this year’s event features several new types of fun, including hands-on activities from Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Bricks4Kids, as well as a football toss and timed fast pitch.
Get lost … in Fort Steilacoom Park
The park is huge. Not only will your kids love climbing on tractors, going on hayrides, decorating pumpkins and wearing their hard hats, but they’ll also love the playground, crafts provided by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, fresh air and the flat grass that looks like something out of the Sound of Music. With all that excitement, they’ll be asleep by dinner time. You’re welcome, parents.
“F” to the “R” to the double “E”
Did we mention that this whole event is free? It is. As in, no cost. Nada. Just come down to the park with your friends and family and enjoy. Truck and Tractor Day is one of the most popular community events.