Touch A Truck Laurel
Touch A Truck is coming back to downtown Laurel! Your children will love this chance to explore all kinds of vehicles and powerful working machinery. Cherry pickers, ambulances, fire trucks, cement trucks … you name it, they’ve got it. Of course the event includes all kinds of really cool cars and other vehicles as well … can you spell h-e-l-i-c-o-p-t-e-r?
“It doesn’t matter how old you are, when that helicopter lands, every man, woman and child turns into an eight-year-old,” said Judi Holifield, Executive Director of Laurel Main Street.
Touch A Truck is presented by Laurel Main Street and provides a hands-on experience with amazing vehicles. The trucks are organized into categories: “Helpers,” “Tough & Tactical,” and “Fun & Flashy.” Each category provides staff who educate children about the big jobs the vehicles help them do, and discuss their service to the community.
Best of all, children can climb aboard every one of these extraordinary machines, including the Baptist Life Flight helicopter. (Your daughter might just become their next pilot!)
Judi points out another benefit of Touch a Truck: “The event also provides an opportunity for children to interact with policemen, policewomen, firemen, and other personnel and see them as helpers.”
Her list of types of vehicles is long and includes tree trimmers, the Batmobile, a school bus (“some children have never been on a bus”), and an old pickup truck made to look like “Tater” (maybe he’s a cousin of Mater from the “Cars” movie?).
Aside from the excitement of the vehicles and the helicopter, there are other fun activities for the children: train rides, art projects, food, ice cream and more.
Because Touch a Truck can be one noisy hullabaloo (very loud), you’ll want to bring ear plugs for every member of your family. Quiet times are scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. (for those with sensitive ears). For their own protection, animals are not allowed at the event.
As always, Touch a Truck proceeds will benefit a worthwhile local endeavor. This year’s event will help pay for shade sails at the farmer’s market. Touch a Truck will be held April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children under two years of age are admitted for free, everyone else is $5 per person unless you order early. (Advance family pack:
four tickets for $15.) Be sure to bring cash or a credit card (no checks). For more information, call the Laurel Main Street office. You can also visit their website: laurelmainstreet.com for more information.
Elizabeth Phelps was raised on the Gulf Coast. She is a writer, speaker, teacher, and youth program facilitator. She has won awards for writing and inspirational youth programming using the arts.