The Wheels that Move the World exhibit at the Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum gained a few more participants this year following a successful first run in 2017.
Museum Curator Crystal Stanley said she expects an increased number and variety of vehicles to go on display at the second annual Wheels that Move the World exhibit, which runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
“We’ll have all sorts of vehicles out for kids to touch, see how they work and see how they work in the world,” Stanley said. “A lot of people don’t know how vehicles make the world move. We will have several city vehicles out here, waste water vehicle, trash vehicles, but we will also have vehicles from the fire department, police department, military vehicles.”
Along with government vehicles, the museum will also have a BNSF train engine giving visitors rides throughout the day, local lawnmower drag racers, motorcycles and ATVs from House of Wheels and many other attractions.
“It’s a great family event,” Stanley said. “If you can’t go anywhere with your family for spring break, then you still have something to do. A lot of families come and spend all day out here. There is so much going on … Just about every vehicle that is out will have someone showing how it operates.”
For children and adults not into classic trains, cars, bikes or heavy machinery, the event will also have a kids zone, featuring a nature dig, a faux tattoo booth and sidewalk art. Stanley, who tackles her first wheels exhibit this year, said she seeks to pick up where former museum curator Beverly Norris left off. The event began after Norris adapted and localized a similar, nationwide exhibit Touch a Truck.
“We made it our own,” Stanley said. “It’s done all over the nation and we wanted to see how it would work for us. It’s such a big event and we had wonderful turnout last year and we decided we have to keep doing it.”
Stanley later said the event will assist both youths and adults in having an understanding of what is happening in their community. When they see a city worker or emergency vehicle in the field, they will have a greater understanding of its purpose.
“It’s a good educational thing for the entire family, and the kids don’t know they’re getting an education,” Stanley said. “It’s important. As a museum, our mission is to educate the public in general. Getting out during spring break, kids are not inclined for them to do educational things. This is a way for them to have fun and learn at the same time.”
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children age 5 and up. Kids under 5 years old are admitted free of charge.