While the coast was hit hard by Hurricane Irene, it became a blessing in disguise for the Big Toy Day, a fundraiser for Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County. Cool, overcast weather and a little wind led to a great turnout, as families from all over the county came out to support local schools and spend the day playing among a wide variety of planes, trucks, and cars.
A short walk (or hay ride) from the parking area led visitors to the runways of the Davidson County Airport, transformed into a showcase of vehicles. Classic cars and racing stock cars sat next to tractors and army caravans. The maintenance wing of the airport was open for inspection, and families got a chance to see airplanes of all kinds up close and personal.
One of the biggest draws was the first thing the kids saw on entering, a life-size replica of Mater, the tow truck from Cars. They couldn’t get enough of him, clambering all over the hood for photo ops. Another popular sight was the city of Lexington fire truck, where the firefighters extended the ladder and let people come on board.
On one field, a mobile gaming company had set up water balloon launchers and a giant plastic bubble to play in, along with a station for music and Wii games. Visitors enjoyed hot dogs and snow cones, got balloon animals, and could enter to win raffle prizes.
This is a great annual event for Davidson county families. It was a chance to get outside and enjoy a wide variety of winged and wheeled vehicles up close, providing fun for kids of all ages. Hopefully, it is an event that will continue to grow. If you missed out on the fun last Saturday, remember to pencil it in for next year, to have some good times and help support a great cause.