Hard Hat Hangout a Big Hit

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 10:02 AM

By Main Street Aurora, news release

The annual Father's Day weekend event continues to be a fan favorite.

(Aurora, Ind.) - The HARD HAT HANGOUT idea lingered for many years in the back of Aurora Utility Superintendent Randy Turner's mind. In 2017 he approached Executive Director Nancy Fahey Turner and Board President Judy S. Hizer who both fell in love with his idea and the first "hangout", highlighting CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG, was held Father's Day Saturday 2017.

This year was the 5th year for the event, annually held on Father’s Day weekend, and is filled with equipment on display for kids and adult kids, to look at up close and experience firsthand! Children can sit in the driver’s seat and get the feel of a big rig, as drivers and operators answer questions about their jobs! Children received hard hats, beach balls, hot dogs and drinks all courtesy of Main Street Aurora and Aurora Utility.

Adam Boyd, Aurora Utility Water Foreman and event co-organizer said, “Saturday was a BIG HIT! Clint Siekman and I had a line for 3 hours straight, nonstop!” Boyd said children were 2 to 6 years old dumping sand from two Bobcats and felt there were well over 250 people in attendance.

Main Street Aurora sponsors the event in partnership with Aurora Utilities. Aurora Fire Department, Paul Rohe, Pat McGraw, Aurora Lions Club, Bill Yelton and Clint Siekman are always willing to join in on the fun day of activities.


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