Karston Jenkins, 4, of Milton, takes a seat in an asphalt roller during the annual City of Kent Public Works Department demonstration day at the accesso ShoWare Center on Thursday. Jenkins attended the event with his mother and his grandmother, who lives in Kent. The event gives people a chance to see what Public Works employees do for the city. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter

Karston Jenkins, 4, of Milton, takes a seat in an asphalt roller during the annual City of Kent Public Works Department demonstration day at the accesso ShoWare Center on Thursday. Jenkins attended the event with his mother and his grandmother, who lives in Kent. The event gives people a chance to see what Public Works employees do for the city. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter

Taking the wheel

Kent’s Public Works Day allows children to climb aboard equipment

Many people, including numerous children and teens, attended the annual City of Kent Public Works Day on Thursday at the accesso ShoWare Center.

The event featured demonstrations that crews perform daily, including keeping drinking water safe, paving Kent streets, filling potholes, trimming trees and more.

In addition to hands-on activities and educational displays, event participants found out about careers in the trades and had the opportunity to climb on some of the Public Works equipment including a backhoe, mower, asphalt roller, excavator and snowplow. Other event highlights included interactive and informational displays and a scavenger hunt.

Derek Volland, 1, of Bonney Lake, checks out a mower at the annual City of Kent Public Works Department demonstration day at the accesso ShoWare Center on Thursday. Derek attended the event with his brother Dylan, 3, his mother Desiree and his father Todd Volland, a city mechanic. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter

Derek Volland, 1, of Bonney Lake, checks out a mower at the annual City of Kent Public Works Department demonstration day at the accesso ShoWare Center on Thursday. Derek attended the event with his brother Dylan, 3, his mother Desiree and his father Todd Volland, a city mechanic. STEVE HUNTER, Kent Reporter

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