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Families have fun at Touch A Truck


Christopher Andersson

Chad Neece, back, and Landon Neece are in the driver's seat of one of city of Marysville's heavy duty vehicles during the annual Touch A Truck event on Sept. 10.

Local kids climbed into the driver's seat and honked horns at the City of Marysville's annual Touch A Truck event on Sept. 10.

Marysville's event brings police vehicles, army vehicles, fire vehicles, public utilities vehicles and more out to Asbery Field for local families to get a chance to interact with.

"This is an amazing opportunity for kids and adults to get up close and personal with the trucks and vehicles that they always see working," said Andrea Kingsford, a recreation coordinator with the city's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

Kids always see the big vehicles from a distance, said Kingsford, and Touch A Truck is an opportunity for them to get to know them better.

"They'll see the Waste Management truck in their neighborhood and they finally get to climb up in it," she said. "You can't approach them while they're doing their jobs, but this is a time where you can see what they look on the inside and meet the drivers and find out more about what they do."

Numerous local organizations also participate and bring their vehicles to the event, including school buses from the Marysville School District, fire district vehicles from the Marysville Fire District, army vehicles from the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Marysville and police vehicles from the Washington State Patrol.

"My favorite thing about the event is just the pure excitement that the kids have when they see these trucks and vehicles," said Kingsford.

Many of the families said they enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the big rigs.

"It's their favorite thing every year," said local parent Jennifer Wenzel, "because they get to touch all things they never get to."

Local parent Megan Hopper said this was the first time she had been to the event and she enjoyed it.

"It's awesome, big selection and lots of helpful people," she said. "It's nice to give my son a chance to see what's going on and not be afraid of it," she said.

Kingsford said that this year's event had an "amazing turnout" of families who came to visit with the trucks.

This year included a couple of new vehicles as well.

The event often helps showcase new vehicles from the city or other organizations, said Kingsford. In addition to a new Washington State Patrol vehicle, the City of Marysville brought new vehicles like a CASE loader and 10-ton dump trailer.

Christopher Andersson

Thomas Wenzel is in the driver's seat of an army vehicle from the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Marysville during Marysville's annual Touch A Truck event on Sept. 10.

"Community Transit joins us every year, but this year they brought their historical bus because it's their 40th anniversary," she said.

Employees who work with the vehicles also volunteer their time to come out and talk about what they do during their job.

"The City of Marysville public works does an excellent job, they get a ton of volunteers and they share a lot of information out here," said Kingsford.

Kingsford wanted to thank all of the volunteers who came out to handle their vehicles from various organizations.

"Lots of them don't normally work on a Saturday or are out in the field on a Saturday," she said.

She also wanted to thank all of the organizations that helped out. "It's because of those organizations that we can do this event," she said.


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