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Big Trucks are rollin' into Saunders Quarry

Trucks dig in the ground and lift things in the air. Some have sirens and some just have horns. But where can you go to see all those kinds of trucks and more?

Big Trucks!

Parents and children alike have come to love the annual event to support the Skaneateles Nursery School and Marcellus Parent Nursery School. For the last 15 years, Saunders Quarry on Limeledge Road in Marcellus has been opening the gravel pits for trucks to park and kids to climb in and out of the apparatus and simply enjoy a day of being kids.

"It's a big hit with the kids because they get to climb in and around and on the trucks," said Kristen Rossi. "They're allowed to get in the sand and dirt."

Rossi's son, 4-year-old Will, is a student at the Skaneateles Nursery School. Along with her job as a mom, though, Rossi is also the publicity co-chairperson for Big Trucks along with Emily Weeks.

Last week, Rossi was busy tying up loose ends and taking fliers around to schools in the surrounding communities. On Wednesday, she and Will were in Weedsport visiting the schools and handing out information.

"We invite preschools, we send letters and maps and coloring pages," she said. "We really try to reach out and invite as many kid oriented programs as we can."

Dee Sweet has one of the biggest jobs in putting the event together -- literally the biggest.

"I'm in charge of getting the trucks there," Sweet said. "They come and bring a vehicle and leave it unlocked."

In past years, she has been able to have someone from P&C come with a semi. They open up the back of the trailer and kids go wild playing inside.

"We've got everything from backhoes and Bobcats and we try to get some farm stuff there," Sweet said.

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