Want to see big construction guys channel their inner child and maneuver mini front loaders to pick up soccer balls from the tops of traffic cones and dump them into trash cans? You're in luck because that's exactly what the Mini Heavy Equipment Rodeo at this year's Meridian Public Works Expo is all about.
The expo takes place Thursday, May 24, at the Meridian City Hall Plaza, and is part of the Meridian Public Works Week, which kicked off May 19. You may have never given much thought to what happens before you turn on the faucet, or after you flush the toilet, but you can have some fun, meet the Public Works staff, have a free hotdog and enjoy interactive displays while learning what it takes to keep the water flowing.
In addition to dazzling spectators with their equipment-handling skills, participants in the week's events will also flush a fire hydrant and hold a live sewer pipe-cleaning demonstration (don't worry, you won't need hold your nose; the pipe will be sewage-free).
"We'll bring out the vacuum truck with a big hose, which has a funky-looking head on it," said Kyle Radek, assistant city engineer for water. "It's pretty neat equipment, actually."
Radek hopes this year's event will spark positive customer interaction, noting that, usually, "most customer interaction begins because there's something wrong with the service."