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September 8, 2011

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The annual Burlington Municipal Truck Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 on the town common on Center Street. Dump trucks, excavators, fire engines, cranes, front-end loaders, and bulldozers are among the many large vehicles that will be on display at the free event, which also includes food and music. Children can sit aboard the vehicles, which are provided by public works departments from Burlington and neighboring communities, along with private contractors. Last year, close to 100 trucks were featured. Now in its 14th year, Burlington Municipal Truck Day operates entirely with volunteers and private donations, according to Al Fay, a former selectman and retired Burlington firefighter who organizes the event with the help of Doug Gillingham, the town’s parks superintendent, and Wally DeCost, another retired Burlington firefighter. “It’s a great event,’’ Fay said. “Where else can youngsters and adults alike sit inside a fire truck or a tractor-trailer and blow the air horn?’’ -John Laidler