The Museum of Fire is once again celebrating its Annual Penrith Working Truck Show on Sunday, the 7th of April 2013. From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 1 Museum Drive, Penrith will be abuzz with what is promised to be "Australia's Best Value Family Day." For the official website or more information please visit this link or call (02) 4731 3000.
The Licensed Charity Family event can be directly accessed from Penrith Station thanks to a newly landscaped footpath from the northern side of the railway station. For more information on how to get there, please see this website.
The Museum of Fire will commit all proceeds from the event to the education of communities concerning fire safety, "saving our families from the dangers of fire" and "preserving the heritage of our communities bravest."
Entry for adults is $30 per person. This also includes free entry for up to 3 children under the age of 16. The cost of admission also includes, but is not limited to, entry to the Museum of Fire itself. Teens, don't forget your Student ID cards if you're over the age of thirteen.
Upon entry, all entertainment and rides are free. There will be a whopping 18 amusement thrill rides for the kids (and you) to enjoy. These include a jumping castle, the classic Dodgem Cars, a Super Slide and (my favourite) The Round Up. If you're anything like me, you won't be on the sidelines watching the kids. You'll be on the rides with them.
Free balloons, fluffy fairy floss and fabulous face painting will also be on offer, but beware: Fairy floss will also be for sale. Please seek out the 'free' fairy floss stalls, lest you should find yourself at the wrong stall as I did.
Kitty was very pleased with her fluffy cloud of candy
For those little ones with sensitive skin, natural face paint is used. However, parents and guardians please check with the artists as I am basing this claim on last year's event. Here, my four year old nephew walked away a very happy chappie with this smooth, slithery snake (below).
While characters and street performers provide fantastic fun and great photo opportunities, renowned Country musicians Adam Brand, Chelsea Basha, and many more will delight audiences throughout the day. For more information regarding the Main Stage Program see the following timetable.
Some of the performers at the Show showed an uncanny likeness to Alice's friends
If you're feeling peckish, there will be a host of food stalls and drink and beer tents to choose from. The barbeque stalls were a hit with us and the little ones we brought along for the day, and yes, I did say 'beer.'
What about the main attraction? Now, even if you're not crash hot on trucks, you may very well be by the end of the day.
There are over 250 of the best-presented trucks from around New South Wales all showcased and competing for prestigious awards like the 'Custom Super Truck.' It quickly becomes clear that the participating drivers and businesses care about the work they do. One of my favourites was easily 'The Punisher' (below).
One of the many trucks on display at the Show belongs to a NSW owner driver
One of the best things about the Show is the friendly atmosphere and the often interactive display of the trucks. Many of them are left unlocked for viewers to climb in, have a look around and really appreciate the responsibility truck drivers are charged with when behind the wheel. Needless to say, this also makes for great photo opportunities.
Kitty and I taking advantage of a great photo opportunity
With ample opportunity to mix with key players in the transport industry including fleet owners, managers and owner-drivers, the day is not without its business possibilities for those already in or looking to join the industry.
A day wonderfully designed to cater for the whole family. With food, fun and professional opportunity, this year's 26th Annual Penrith Working Truck Show is one place you can safely and enjoyably mix business with pleasure.