‘The Cat in the Hat” to attend Touch-A-Truck 2014

Staff Report

April 25, 2014

UNION — A helicopter, a race, and a celebrity guest whose antics have amused generations of children will be part of Touch-A-Truck 2014 Saturday morning at the Union County Fairgrounds.

The Touch-A-Truck event was introduced a number of years ago by former Union County First Steps Director Linda Parker as Union County’s celebration of the “Week of the Young Child.” The Week of the Young Child is an opportunity to celebrate the role early childhood programs have in fostering early learning opportunities that create a foundation for success for our children.

Saturday’s Touch-A-Truck — which is free to the public — will be held from 9 a.m.-noon and will, as in previous years, feature many different types of vehicles for children to learn about, including a fire truck, school bus, road equipment, and a dump truck.

This year’s Touch-A-Truck will be the first to feature the Regional One helicopter.

First Steps Executive Director Beth Thompson announced Thursday that this year’s Touch-A-Truck would also feature another first. She said the “4-H Box Car Racers” will hold their first official race at the fairgrounds during Touch-A-Truck at 10 a.m.

Saturday’s event will also feature not one, but two appearances by a very special celebrity guest whose presence will no doubt delight the children in attendance.

Thompson said that “The Cat in the Hat” will be at Touch-A-Truck for Story Time at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Saturday’s event will also include various activities around the fairgrounds and inside the main exhibit building including a scavenger hunt and resources for parents. Free books will also be available to children while supplies last, and children are welcome to climb aboard a trackless train for a ride around the event. Healthy snacks will also be available.

Again this year, there will be a horn-/siren-free hour from 9-10 a.m. Very young children and children with disabilities who may be sensitive to loud noises are encouraged to come and have exciting experiences, seeing the vehicles and participating in all of the activities of the day.

Saturday’s event is supported by Lockhart Power Company, Union County DSS, and Aging with Flair, LLC along with the many partners that are providing vehicles for display and activities for the children and families.

For more information, call Beth Thompson at (864) 429-1740, ext. 134 or email beththompson@union.k12.sc.us.