Silas Cano gets in the driver's seat of a Waste Management garbage truck at the city of Marysville's Touch a Truck on Sept. 14


Children got to get into the driver's seat of fire engines, school buses and public works vehicles at Marysville's Touch a Truck.

The annual event was held on Sept. 14 this year and brought a number of difference vehicles to Asbery Field.

"It is going amazingly well. We have a huge turnout and are excited everyone could come out today, and the weather is cooperating," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator with the city of Marysville.

The city of Marysville helps organize various big rigs and trucks to come down to the field for the day for kids..

"It's a great opportunity for everybody to see the trucks up close that they normally see," said Kingsford.

Kids get a hands-on experience with a lot of the trucks at the event.

"The kids love honking the horns, climbing in the driver's seat and turning the steering wheel," said Kingsford.

Parents appreciate getting children involved in the day.

"I think Marysville did a fantastic job," said local parent James Cano. "I like just seeing all the different fleets of trucks we have here and the kids like the hands-on aspect."

It is one of the few opportunities for kids to see the trucks up close.

"Kids like just being allowed the touch the trucks. So often we have to tell them 'oh, you can't do that,' but this is their time," said Kingsford.

This year's event included trucks from the Marysville School District, Marysville Fire District, Marysville Public Works and the local Army Reserve Center.

"It's awesome. It's really cool for the kids to see all the trucks that they get to see all the time. They always look at them and are excited to see them and now they get to climb in them," said local parent Matt Williams.

Officials and drivers from various organizations were also at the event to talk about what they do with the vehicles.

"The kids and parents can climb up on the vehicles and experience what we do on a daily basis," said Brigadier General Vincent Buggs with the local Army Reserve Center.

Families get to learn about what the vehicles are for by talking with the drivers and other workers.

"I think the families learn a lot about the trucks," said Kingsford.

"I just heard a family as they were getting into a truck and they were talking about what they wanted to ask the driver," she said.

Kingsford wanted to thank all the workers who come out to the event to meet with local families.

"It's so amazing that they come out here on a Saturday to be with the community and share what they do," she said.

"And thank you to all the organizations who are giving up a Saturday to be here with their community," she said.

She also appreciates the families who come down to the event each year.

"Thank you to the community because they come out every year," she said.

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