MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 20, 2013

Event puts kids in driver’s seat

‘Touch-a-Truck’ interactive exhibit set for Saturday

By Karen Thomas
Books & More

— Cars honking, trucks blasting their horns, whistles blowing and sirens sounding! These are the sounds that will be heard Saturday in Muskogee when “Touch-a-Truck” takes place for the third year. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Love-Hatbox Airfield, at the end of South 40th Street. Admission is $2 per person, but no child will be turned away.

“This is a great educational opportunity for kids to see and learn about a wide variety of vehicles,” said Jan Bryant, the head of Muskogee Public Library. “The kids will get to sit in the vehicles, sound the horn/siren, and talk with the drivers of these vehicles. It is great fun for both the kids and the drivers.” Out of respect for people who live near the airport, a quiet hour, with minimal blasting of horns or sirens, is planned for 9-10 a.m.

Vehicles expected at “Touch-a-Truck” include a fire truck, police vehicle, helicopter, airplane, tractor-trailer rigs, motorcycles and a trash truck. The OSU telemed bus will be there, along with a truck from OG&E, a carriage from the Castle of Muskogee and a pink cement truck.

Lowe’s will provide an assembly clinic where kids can build police cars, and Tweedle Twisters Balloon Sculpting will make balloon animals. There will be a Hot Dog Wagon for food and drinks and a giant truck slide from Show It Off.

Kids will receive goodie bags and books while supplies last.

The Kiwanis Club will provide volunteers to help at “Touch-a-Truck,” and the Nighthawk Squad of the Oklahoma Civil Air Patrol will direct parking. More than 30 businesses and organizations, including the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce, are   sponsors of the event, providing money and help.

Proceeds from “Touch-a-Truck” will go to the Children’s Department of Muskogee Public Library, a part of the Eastern Oklahoma District Library System. The money supports the children's summer reading program and special programs and events.

Bring your kids, your grandkids, or your neighbor’s kids to the airfield between 9 a.m and 1 p.m. Saturday and watch them have the time of their lives.

Karen Thomas is the outreach coordinator for the Muskogee Public Library. Reach her at (918) 682-6657.