MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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April 26, 2013

Youngsters can Touch-A-Truck

Expect lots of noise when kids start touching trucks Saturday morning.

At least 75 different vehicles are expected at the third annual Touch-A-Truck benefiting the Muskogee Public Library. Festivities run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the airfield at Love-Hatbox Sports Complex. Cost is $2 per person.

Muskogee Public Library Head Librarian Jan Bryant said the event will feature fire trucks, ambulances, school buses, trash trucks, tractor-trailer rigs, the Trolley and “lots of motorcycles.”

She said people will be allowed to get in and on the vehicles. They even can honk the horns and sound the sirens.

As a result, the event can get loud.

“We do give out earplugs,” Bryant said. “When you get all the sirens going at once, it gets loud. Kids get on these vehicles, run up and down the semis.”

Other vehicles on display include a four-seat airplane and a Life Flight helicopter, Bryant said.

She said this also will be the first Touch-a-Truck to feature a cement truck — and it will be pink.

“They painted it pink to promote breast cancer awareness,” she said.

Bryant said she knows how excited kids can get about trucks. She recalled seeing a preview of such excitement at the Azalea Festival Parade earlier this month. The library had a flatbed truck in the parade to promote Touch-a-Truck. Kids who were to ride on the truck kept playing on it while waiting for the parade, she said.

“It’s fun to watch the kids,” said Al Stevens, manager of community relations for OG&E. “They have a ball just jumping up and down.”

Stevens said one of the company’s linemen, Mike Knupp, has brought a bucket truck to the event for the past three or four years.

“It’s just one of the things that lets kids know about the variety of jobs in the community,” Stevens said.

Bryant recommends coming early to give people plenty of time to enjoy the vehicles before the trucks start leaving around 1:15 p.m.

The event features more than truck-touching. Bryant said Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse will let kids make little vehicle models. The Tweedle Twisters also will make balloon vehicles, she said.

Touch-A-Truck benefits the Muskogee Public Library’s children’s programs, Bryant said.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Touch-A-Truck.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Airstrip at Love-Hatbox Sports Complex.

ADMISSION: $2 per person.

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