Mini-Monster Truck Drivers at Williston Parade
Williston, FL -- Some North Central Florida residents started their Fourth of July celebrations early.
The City of Williston held their 38th annual Independence Day parade Thursday night.
This year they had some guests come all the way from Fort Lauderdale - and they brought some pretty hefty equipment with them. 'Team Kid KJ' is comprised of kids ages 7 to 17 who travel around the country racing in mini monster trucks, trucks about half the size of full-sized monster trucks.
It started with KJ Olson-Weston, who went to a monster truck show when he was three years old and asked his dad for a monster truck, "and he got me a monster truck go-kart but i said it wasn't a real one," said Olson-Weston, "so he eventually bought a full-sized monster truck but he thought that was a little too big for me so he built the half-ones with a friend.
It is perfectly legal for the kids to be driving the half-sized monster trucks. The Monster Truck Racing Association only sets guidelines for the full-sized trucks, you have to be 18 years old. Team Kid KJ only trains kids as young as seven to drive the mini-trucks.
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