Prattville – Twenty trucks (and a police car thrown into the mix) were parked in the Creekwalk area for Prattville’s Touch a Truck event on a beautiful sunny Saturday.
Hundreds of excited and inquisitive children brought their parents so that they could check out the many vehicles on display.
Touch a Truck Day has been held in Virginia, New Jersey, even in Florida, but this was the first one held in the Fountain City.
“It was the mayor’s idea,” said Kellie Cook, Special Events Coordinator for the City. “He thought it would be great to give families an opportunity to have a fun, free educational event.”
There was a fire ladder truck, a police swat truck, the Big Green Bus, a wrecker service, WSFA-12 remote news van, Bama Country 98.9 remote broadcast van, a City garbage truck, a City wastewater truck, a UPS van, and a Pepsi truck … just to name a few.
Not only could kids of all ages touch each vehicle, but also could literally climb inside, honk the horn, and play with some of the interior gadgets. Families snapped memories of the occasion by taking photos of their little ones with local heroes.
The UPS representative would actually give a visitor the uniform shirt and cap to wear while inside the van which made their experience much more special and the activity of running up and down on a wrecker ramp was also a big hit for the younger kids at the event.
Mom Tracy Revland brought her son, Nicholas, to the festivities, and he claimed that the wastewater truck won out as his favorite of the day.
“You can control lots of things on the outside from inside of the truck and that was neat,” said Nicholas.
Callaway, daughter of Jamie Styron, stated she had the most fun inside of the WSFA-12 remote truck.
“There is a camera and a big satellite in there and you can see all of the news equipment,” she said.
WSFA News Director Scott Duff went through 150 pencils, so he had at least that many visitors to the news vehicle.
“It has been fun … we demonstrate how the cameras work,” said Duff. “We let the kids get a little experience of what an actual reporter and photographer do out in the field.”
Along with the City’s Special Events Coordinator, City Clerk Gina Smith, Mayor Jim Byard Jr.’s secretary Jamie Hatfield, and Circuit Court Clerk Whit Moncrief manned the Prattville’s Relay for Life booth during the day.
The foursome (with some help from other volunteers) cooked up hotdogs and barbecue sandwiches, and all money raised is earmarked for the American Cancer Society’s signature activity which will be held in the city April 23-24.
“We’ve had a steady stream of people coming in,” continued Cook. “I’ve talked to people from Montgomery who have come … all of the children have been so excited to get inside of those trucks and look around. I definitely think it’s a success.”
Article by Melissa Parker
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