Thursday, May 31, 2018

12th Annual Dozer Fest in Plattsburgh

For the 12th year the Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Plattsburgh has invited the public to dig right in and get their hands dirty with its annual DozerFest. Taking place at the Airborne Speedway, my family has always enjoyed an opportunity to really find out how all that big machinery really operates.

Children have the chance to interact with active public safety workers including local police, firefighters, EMTs, linesmen, and road crew members. Participants can operate a backhoe, ride in a hydraulic crane or “cherry picker,” or help a firefighter put out flames. (Just for the record it isn’t a real fire, but children do get to use a fire hose and spray water on a target.)

Though the excitement for our family has always been climbing on the dozers, Dozerfest does give children the chance to see how people operate large machinery. There are many jobs that are dependent on being able to operate dozers, large trucks, and other service vehicles. It’s a great, interactive way to explore a variety of machines while still having fun.

Every year my family has attended Dozerfest, the event organizers have kept things interesting by adding new trucks and emergency vehicles. The vehicles are open and available to explore. There is also a bounce house and slides, games and crafts. Airborne Speedway also has their Go-Karts running for anyone wishing to take a spin around the track.

DozerFest takes place June 2 from 9 am to 4 pm at Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh. The admission is $5/General and Free/children under five. Airborne Speedway is located at 70 Broderick Way in Plattsburgh. A free hard hat will be given out to children, while supplies last. Keep in mind that all the proceeds from every game played will be used to support a variety of local charities. Enjoy!

Photo of Plattsburgh DozerFest used with the permission of Diane Chase, 

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Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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