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Marysville celebrates Touch A Truck

 

September 13, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Nikalai Bighouse-Madison sits in a city of Marysville street sweeper and honks the horn at Marysville's Touch A Truck event on Sept. 9.

Kids got to climb into fire engines, garbage trucks, public works vehicles and more at Marysville's annual Touch A Truck on Sept. 9.

The City of Marysville puts on the event each year at Asbery Field and brings in a number of different trucks from a variety of local organizations.

Kids have the opportunity to climb in the trucks, honk the horns and meet the drivers.

"This year is going great. It's a little cooler weather, but we're having a wonderful turnout as far as participants go," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator for the City of Marysville.

Kingsford said that the rain did not keep people away this year.

"Kids are exploring the trucks and getting to meet the drivers," she said.

"I love seeing the kids in the vehicles because they would never get to be that close otherwise," she said.

Many families come back to the event year after year.

Local parent Joey Bighouse said this is the second year for her.

"She [Bighouse's daughter] just likes the chaos and the trucks, sitting in them and honking the horns," said Bighouse.

Melanie Sanders, another local parent, said she has been to Touch A Truck the last three years with her family.

"We love it. He gets to see all the big trucks that he sees elsewhere," she said. "He loves to climb on the trucks."

Others, like local parent Faith Newbauer, are new to the event.

"It's our first time, but I think its cool," she said. "It's his first time in a garbage truck."

This year included a number of returning vehicles from past years, like the Public Works Vactor truck that puts a camera into sewers or Community Transit's double-decker bus.

"People love to see the double-decker bus and kids love climbing the stairs on that one," said Kingsford.

The Marysville Police Department presented their new Bearcat, which is an armored personnel vehicle meant for special operations.

"People have been excited to see the new Bearcat," said Kingsford.

This year included a lot of recently upgraded vehicles as well.

"We've had a lot of these vehicles before, but we've got a lot of newer models in this time," said Kingsford.

Those trucks include a new school bus from the Marysville School District, a new Vactor truck, a new dump trailer, a new Waste Management garbage truck and a new hauling tractor with side mower.

The event is a way to learn about a variety of big trucks that local organizations use.

"I love how engaged the parents and the kids are," said Kingsford.

"I think the parents get as excited about the trucks as the kids do," she said.

Kingsford wanted to thank all the organizations that come to the event.

"It's pretty spectacular to have this many vehicles out in one place in one time," she said.

"A lot of vehicles this year couldn't attend because of the emergencies going on around the country but we're just so grateful for the organizations that were able to come out today," she said.

 

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