The 19th annual Tons O’ Trucks event on June 23 will have more than 50 unique vehicles, along with several free activities for kids.

The 19th annual Tons O’ Trucks event on June 23 will have more than 50 unique vehicles, along with several free activities for kids.

Photo provided by Michelle Duda


Tons O’ Trucks brings out more than 50 unique vehicles for all ages

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 13, 2018

 Some of the vehicles have activities inside of them, such as a gaming trailer, a tumble bus and an arts mobile.

Some of the vehicles have activities inside of them, such as a gaming trailer, a tumble bus and an arts mobile.

Photo provided by Michelle Duda

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — There may be a large variety of cars and trucks out on the highways each day, but what about those vehicles that serve other purposes other than transporting families?

That is the allure of Macomb Township’s Tons O’ Trucks event each year, and at this year’s 19th annual event, there will be more than 50 unique vehicles ranging from farming tractors and emergency vehicles to buses, construction equipment and more.

The event returns June 23 to Seneca Middle School, 47200 Heydenreich Road, just north of 21 Mile Road. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with sirens beginning and ending the day. Free parking is available at Dakota High School next door.

“We started out with about a dozen vehicles and a bouncer and it has grown into our biggest and most popular event with well over 70 unique vehicles and attractions,” said Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda. “We truly have something for everyone.”

The event is free of charge as are the attractions, Duda said, with money only needed for the concessions, which are offered by Jet’s Pizza and El Charro.

Some of the attractions include face paintings, a craft station, photo opportunities, train rides, inflatables, characters and a clown. A DJ will also be set up all day to provide music.

Duda said one of her favorite activities is the chance for kids to not only sit in a fire truck, but to be able to squirt the hose as well.

Some of the vehicles also have more to them than just looking and checking them out, as there is a gaming trailer, a tumble bus and an art mobile.

New this year is a “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots” activity with larger-than-life robots, a new petting farm and an LED screen dance party for kids.

While there is something for everyone, Duda said it is truly the kids who have the most fun every year.

“I always forget how much a 3-or 4-year-old loves a school bus,” she said. “And then a 7-or 8-year -old might prefer honking the horn of a huge tow truck or playing hockey next to a zamboni. I think kids love the chance to do things that they normally don’t get to do.”

Parks and Recreation Director Sal DiCaro said Tons O’ Trucks is the annual kickoff event for the parks department and a good chance for the township, Chippewa Valley Schools and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office to collaborate on an event.

It’s the first of 11 free events throughout the summer put on by the parks department and DiCaro said Duda and his staff do a great job making it a premier event.

“Traditionally, by far, this is our most attended event of the year and a perfect example of what our department is all about,” DiCaro said. “I’ve had numerous people tell me how much they love this event and the nice memories it has created for their family.”

For more information about the event, visit www.gomtpr.org or follow the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation page on Facebook.