UNION — The annual Touch-A-Truck event sponsored by Union County First Steps to School Readiness proved successful again this year.
Union County First Steps Director Beth Thompson said the weather was perfect Saturday morning, making for an enjoyable day for children and families to explore the vehicles at the event. Featured vehicles included a school bus, a mail truck, a race car, a HUMVEE, an ambulance, a mobile command bus, a SWAT truck, a dump truck, a motor grader, a trash truck, numerous fire trucks and the Regional One helicopter.
“I heard from one young girl that the ‘trash truck’ was her favorite again this year, although there were plenty of trucks that had the attention of many,” Thompson said.
Thompson said the Regional One helicopter landed at the beginning of Saturday’s event and remained through its entirety.
“Many of the children got to sit right inside the helicopter and talk with the flight crew about the helicopter,” Thompson said. “Children were able to explore just about anything they wanted to find out about in any of the vehicles.”
Thompson mentioned that several families enjoyed the horn-and-siren-free hour at the beginning of the event, which was scheduled as not to be frightening to young children or children with disabilities.
The event also featured “The Cat in the Hat,” as the character read to groups of children during story time and roamed around the featured vehicles as well.
Various organizations presented displays inside the fairgrounds’ main exhibit building, sharing information about their programs or services for children and families. A booth offering healthy snacks (oranges, apples, bananas, pretzels, and water) was also set up in the building.
Thompson said the event took the help of many people, including the First Steps Board of Directors, with its members arriving early and staying late to help make the event possible.
“We look forward to this event every year because it truly is a great reflection of what First Steps is about in this community,” Thompson said. “When young children have the opportunity to run, play, see, and explore, their brains are absorbing it all like sponges. They are learning so much during these years, and this event just adds to the many experiences that will build the foundation for their success in school.”