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Thousands Flock to Tons of Trucks
Midwest Region, April 6, 2011
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On a pleasant April evening, a crowd of 5,000 people gathered in Columbia, MO for Tons of Trucks, an annual event meant to increase awareness of different careers through direct experience.

At Tons of Trucks children have the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of a fire truck, a police car, a cement mixer, or even a USFWS research boat.

This year Columbia FWCO was represented by Jeff Finley, Joanne Grady, Patty Herman, and Colby Wrasse. We assisted children as they climbed aboard our large boat and took the helm.

We also displayed live fish, which was a giant hit. Children seemed to get a big kick out of feeling the “slimy” catfish and marveling at the shovelnose sturgeon’s prehistoric appearance.

This year we had several repeat visitors, who remembered us from the previous year and commented on how much they learned about these fish.

This was the fourth year we have participated in this community event. Tons of Trucks has allowed us to spread our message to a large audience and has opened up other outreach venues within Columbia.

We look forward to strengthening our relationship within the community and reaching even more people with our message.

Contact Info: Colby Wrasse, 573-234-2132 x30, colby_wrasse@fws.gov



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