I thought I had stumbled upon a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A fire truck rally at the Steele County Fairgrounds. A representative with sponsoring company Pierce Manufacturing said trucks were on display and available to take for a test drive. But only for firefighters. I have used a fire extinguisher a couple of times. Not good enough. Well, it is still fun to look at fire trucks.

Fire Truck Rally in Owatonna

An Owatonna Fire Department vehicle was on display, but none of the other vehicles had a city designation. The sales rep said these types of displays are held all over and bring in members of fire departments from neighboring communities.

 

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Maybe test driving a fire truck isn't going to work for you, but with $10,000 you can certainly do something out of the ordinary. Maybe go for a hot air balloon ride. Maybe take pilot lessons. Or make a small down payment on a future trip into space. Play WIN CASH on this radio station.

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