The Dirty Digger for a Day event has taken place at the Pass Creek Fall Fair for four years now. Kids get the chance to ride in heavy machines and see how they work.

Playing in the dirt

The Dirty Digger for a Day event will once again be taking place at the Pass Creek Fall Fair this year, Sept. 26-27.

Kids attending this year’s Pass Creek Fall Fair Sept. 26-27 will once again have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a life-size Tonka toy at the Dirty Digger for a Day event.

At Dirty Digger for a Day kids can climb aboard either a bobcat or an excavator and drive through an obstacle course with an adult operator who will show them the controls.

“They usually set up different rocks or logs or something, and then the kids are able to pick up a rock with the excavator, and they pick it up in the air and they drop it on the ground,” says Chris Popoff, owner of Dirty Diggers. “Usually whenever I’m in the machine I try to let the kid drive it back.”

Popoff says he started the event four years ago.

“It’s just something that we put on,” he says. “You know you’re always digging on the corner and the kids are coming out to check out the machines and stuff, so a couple of years ago we thought what a great idea to put something like this on out at the Fall Fair.”

It’s a free event, supported by local sponsors including Brandt Tractor, which provides brand new machines for the kids to ride on.

Popoff would like to thank Brandt Tractor, Castlegar Muffler, Interfor, Power Paving, HTR, United Rentals, Canadian Tire and West K for sponsoring the event.

This story will appear in the West Kootenay Advertiser the week of Thursday, September 24.