Event to give children chance to touch taxi, police car, fire truck

Published 7:57 am Friday, July 10, 2015

On Saturday, children will get a chance to check out some pretty neat vehicles as the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library presents “Touch A Truck.”
Several local agencies and businesses that use special vehicles in their work will stop by the library from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday to let the children learn all about the vehicles, what they do and how they help their drivers do a job.
“They are doing the big car show Saturday, so we thought this might be a way to get the younger families downtown and involved,” Children’s Librarian Ashlee Williams said.
While all ages can enjoy the beautiful, carefully maintained cars and trucks on display during the main car show along E. Elk Avenue, Williams said the vehicles in the Touch A Truck event will offer kids the opportunity to touch and explore.
“These will be kid-friendly trucks and cars,” Williams said. “They can put their hands all over them. These are also the types of vehicles the kids see on a daily basis and they’re curious about them. We think this will be a fun activity in conjunction with the car show.”
The library is partnering with TennCare to host the event, which is being sponsored by the Friends of the Library and The Elizabethton Star.
Kids will get the opportunity to check out a police cruiser from the Elizabethton Police Department, a fire truck from the Elizabethton Fire Department and a truck from the Elizabethton Electric Department, Williams said. The event will also feature a taxi cab, a landscaping truck, a box truck and a delivery truck.
“We did this event before and surprisingly the box truck was their favorite,” Williams said, adding the children were fascinated with the lift on the back that carries items up to the storage compartment on the truck. “The driver gave them rides on the lift.”
The event is free and open to the public, Williams said, adding that prizes will be available to children in attendance.
The Touch A Truck event will be held in the Library’s parking lot and in the adjacent Elizabethton Star parking lot on the corner of Sycamore Street and East D Street.
Beginning at 9 a.m., the Car Club will host its 33rd annual Show & Cruise. The daylong event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a Cruise In from 5-9 p.m. on East Elk Avenue in downtown Elizabethton.

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