Many kids get a huge thrill in the presence of a single fire truck. But at this event, they’ll see more than 20––and not just the current models, but also the historic machines and antiquated fire-fighting equipment to match. The free gathering is offered by the Michigan Firehouse Museum. “Our mission is to help people appreciate firefighting history and promote fire safety,” says Steve Wilson, museum manager. “We make it as hands-on as we can.” Attendees can experience old-school fire fighting down at the river in nearby Riverside Park as they relay water from the river to the rigs. Some trucks will be available for climbing and exploring, while other antique models, some older than a hundred years, are just for looking. Regardless of age, there’s no shortage of activities.
Saturday, August 24. 10am-3pm Free; donations accepted. Riverside Park,
6 W Cross St, Ypsilanti. 734-547-0663. www.michiganfirehousemuseum.org