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Marysville gears up for Touch A Truck


August 23, 2017 | View PDF

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Thomas Wenzel is in the driver's seat of an army vehicle from the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Marysville during last year's Touch A Truck event on Sept. 10, 2016.

Numerous big rig trucks, police and emergency vehicles and public works trucks will be out for Marysville's annual Touch A Truck on Sept. 9.

"We are excited to be offering Touch A Truck for the 21st year," said Marysville recreation coordinator Andrea Kingsford.

The event allows kids and families to get into large trucks and buses, and learn about how they work and what they do.

Touch A Truck runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Asbery Field at 1605 7th St. NE. Admission is free.

Horns and sirens will be going from 10 a.m. to noon.

"We have lots of exciting vehicles for people to explore, meet the drivers and honk the horns," said Kingsford.

Participating trucks will include those from the Marysville Public Works Department, Community Transit, the Marysville Fire District, Marysville Police Department, the Marysville School District and Waste Management.

Marysville's Police Department plans to present their new SWAT vehicle at the event.

In addition, there will be the usual favorites like dump trucks, police cars, street sweepers, fire engines, garbage trucks and the public works trucks that help clean sewers.

"It's a great day for the kids of all ages to come get close to these big trucks," said Kingsford.

"They see the trucks in the community but never have a chance to touch them or climb on them," she said.

Kids get a chance to get into the trucks, often with guidance from the workers who actually drive the vehicles.

"The kids love climbing on the trucks and talking to the drivers, just getting to meet the drivers of these big trucks," said Kingsford.

Kids usually aren't the only ones to learn something about the trucks as well.

"Parents also have a lot of questions about the trucks," said Kingsford.

Many local families come back to the event every year in the beginning of September, said Kingsford.

"It's a tradition for a lot of the families now. School starts and all the families bring their kids to Touch A Truck," she said.

Kingsford said that lots of families enjoy the event.

"I love the excitement it generates," she said.

"Parents are just excited to see their little ones in the trucks and having a good time," she said.

The Marysville Kiwanis Club will also be fundraising at the event by selling food. The Marysville Rotary will provide rides in their Rotary Train.

Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to bring a donation for the Marysville Community Food Bank, which will be collecting food at the event.

Kingsford wanted to thank all the sponsors who help support Touch A Truck.

"It takes a lot of extra folks to get all the trucks down to the field for this day, and all the drivers are helping to support this event and the community on their own time," she said.

Sponsors include the City of Marysville, Marysville Fire District, Community Transit, Marysville Fire District, North Snohomish County Early Head Start, Camp Fire, Cub Scouts, Ice Cream Mom and the Marysville Community Food Bank.

For more information, please contact Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation at 360-363-8400.


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