Driver welcomes trucks, kids

Published 9:42 pm Monday, April 11, 2016

Driver is celebrating “big wheels” for the kids this weekend.

Welcome to Driver Touch-A-Truck, where children can get behind the wheel of a Driver Volunteer Fire Department engine and switch on the sirens. Or honk the horn of an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer or take the seat of honor on a lawnmower or in a dump truck.

Approximately a dozen trucks will be set up near businesses along Kings Highway from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Kids are welcome to hop in vehicles and take a look, said Terri Moore, co-owner of the Little Black Dress consignment shop. The fire department and Driver Merchants Association are co-sponsors of the event.

There will also be bounce houses and a variety of street vendors, including someone who sells homemade barbecue and a Gates County, N.C., man who makes toy guns that shoot marshmallows.

All parking will be behind Johnson’s Produce, near the intersection of Kings Highway and Nansemond Parkway.

Moore hopes the event will draw at least 1,000 people to the historic village of Driver.

“We are working hard to help revitalize businesses in Driver,” Moore said.

With the new bike trail that runs from Shoulders Hill Road to Driver, she hopes families will make a day of it by riding their bikes to town.

“Every day, we see more people coming through Driver,” Moore said.

More special events may be scheduled on a regular basis, she added.

“This is the first, so we will see how this goes,” Moore said. “But we have talked about it.”