About 50 enthusiastic students of the Key West Preschool Co-op had themselves a high-octane good time Wednesday morning at the 25th annual "Truck Day" event.
The showcase, which featured dozens of vehicles of every size and shape imaginable, is a big hit with the kids, as well as their camera-toting parent volunteers.
Representatives were onhand from the Key West Police Department, Key West Fire Department, Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, U.S. Postal Service, and other agencies. Students at the co-op, which services three-year-olds, through voluntary prekindergarten, were taken around the exhibits in groups of about 15.
Two vintage army vehicles, brought by the nonprofit Monroe Marauders, proved popular with the students, as was the fire truck with its flashing lights and loud siren.
"Those kids really love the fire truck and the military vehicles, for obvious reasons," said Myra Lay-Puig, whose daughter Mia was playing nearby with the rabbits and turtles brought to the event by Farmer Jeanne Selander of the sheriff's office. "We have a really big military population at the school, so it's great that they brought them."
Mia Puig, 3, was all smiles as she climbed out of the fire truck.
"I like everything," she said. "This is my favorite day."
Key West Preschool Co-Op Office Manager Meghan Vanderhoof marveled at the growth of the event over the years.
"It started with just a few trucks, years ago," Vanderhoof said. "Now we're up to 28. It's a typical Key West event in that we get a terrific turnout from the community."
Another pupil pleaser was Scout the Key West Police Department horse, that seemed more interested in its pile of hay than with the growing crowd of happy children who lined up to stroke its mane.
Nestled among the utility trucks from the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and Keys Energy Services was a mobile food service vehicle belonging to Catered Affairs of Key West.
"How many of you like French fries?" owner Bill Lay asked one group of children. "These big things here are fryers for making fries."
The students were impressed.
The co-op will be holding an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. today. For information, call 305-296-4749.