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M'ville hosts Touch A Truck on Sept. 10


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Hunter Baxter sits in an army cargo vehicle last year's Marysville Touch A Truck event on Sept. 12, 2015.

Families and kids will have a chance to get right next to and learn about various trucks and vehicles at Marysville's annual Touch A Truck.

Buses, garbage trucks, police vehicles, fire district vehicles and utility vehicles are among the big rigs that will be at the event on Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will be held at Asbery Field near Totem Middle School.

"The kids have a chance to get up close and personal with the vehicles," said Tara Mizell, assistant director of the city's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department, who said the department is currently gearing up for this year's event.

Various local organizations will bring some of their vehicles as well, including Community Transit, the Marysville Fire District, the Marysville School District, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Emergency Management, Washington State Patrol and the Marysville Rotary, who will bring their train often seen at parades.

The U.S. Navy brought many of their vehicles last year and they were invited back this year, but their attendance will depend on their training schedule, said Mizell. The Snohomish PUD may also bring a new vehicle to the event, she said, if their schedule works out.

"We'll have all of our big rigs out from our departments as well," said Mizell.

She said that kids love to come to the event to learn about the vehicles they see on the street.

"They get to talk to the people who are actually driving these vehicles," she said.

Many of the police vehicles are especially popular with the youth. "I know the kids always love the SWAT vehicles and police motorcycles," she said.

Kids will also be able to get in the driver's seat and honk the horn of the vehicles for the first two hours of the event, however the last hour from noon to 1 p.m. will be a quiet time with no horns.

The event is also educational for parents who can learn about some of the specific vehicles the city uses.

"For the moms and dads, they get to learn about all the vehicles too," said Mizell. "A lot of these trucks are very expensive and they can learn what goes into them."

There are many big rigs with specific uses that come out for the event, like a sewer camera vehicle which is built to put a camera down into the sewer to diagnose problems.

"I think that is so interesting that you can use that camera and put it down there instead of just digging and ripping out stuff to get to the problem," said Mizell.

The event is free, but participants are encouraged to bring a donation for the Marysville Community Food Bank.

"Our community has brought a lot of donations the last couple of years. So much that the food bank has just started bringing their truck down there to load the donations immediately," said Mizell.

More information about the annual Marysville Touch A Truck is available at


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