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Annual Touch-a-Truck Thrills Children

The Firemen enjoyed spraying the children who had a ball as well getting soaked at this year’s event.

by Cheryl Hodges

Held for the third year, last Saturday’s Touch-a- Truck event at Roanoke County’s Green Hill Park was overflowing with activity which included crowd favorite, Firemen’s Foam, as well as a petting zoo and food vendors.

And then there were the “trucks.” Almost any vehicle fits the bill, including Fire Trucks, Garbage Trucks, Race Cars, Back Hoes, Small Planes, Boats, Police Cars, Dump Trucks, TV Trucks, Army Cars, Tow Trucks, Freightliners, Helicopters, Cement Mixers, Front End Loaders, Cherry Pickers, Street Sweepers, Bob Cats, Ditch Witches, Antique Cars, Limousines and many more.

The free event, allowed kids and adults to sit inside, touch and learn all about vehicles they usually don’t have the opportunity to be up close and personal with. Wendi Schultz, Tourism / Event Coordinator for Roanoke County said “everyone had a fabulous time. It is indeed one of our most popular events. We estimate about 8,000 attended this year and everyone we spoke with was thrilled.”

 She added that “there were almost 150 vehicles and next year we anticipate having close to 200. Several of the companies who participated this year have already told us they want to bring more next year. We are so glad that we can bring this kind of family fun to the Roanoke Valley each year!”

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