Touch a Truck a big hit for area children


By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 10:27 am on Monday, April 29, 2013

Kids got a chance to see the world from the seat of some seriously big rigs Saturday at the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department’s Touch a Truck event. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

GREENVILLE— The first really perfect day of spring couldn’t have come at a better time for kids and parents attending this year’s Touch a Truck event, sponsored by the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department.

Joseph Weist, of Greenville, tries his hand at piloting something bigger than a bicycle at Saturday’s Touch a Truck event, sponsored by the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Held Saturday afternoon at the Meijer parking lot on Washington Street, the event featured fire trucks, ice cream wagons, dump trucks, ladder trucks, sky cranes, military transports and a host of other four (or more) wheeled vehicles.

According to Kara Tiesworth, recreation programmer, who organized the event, the weather played at least some part in the event’s excellent turnout.

“You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day,” Tiesworth said. “It’s just beautiful.”

From the moment the event started at 1 p.m., children and parents crowded around the big rigs, waiting for their chance to climb behind the wheels, honk the horns and ring the bells.

Montcalm Township firefighter Brad Patteen said this was his first Touch a Truck event and that he was having a good time showing children the ins and outs of his truck.

“They really get a kick out of it,” Patteen said. “(Attendance) has been pretty steady so far.”

The free event is held every other year in Greenville.

Volunteers with the Greenville Department of Public Safety handed out junior firefighter badges throughout the day. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

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