Kids and families come together at AIken to have fun on wheels
October 3 – One of Aiken’s most popular events for kids was back in full swing – and full volume – on Saturday at Virginia Acres Park, with the annual Touch-A-Truck event drawing nearly 3,000 people.
The 2020 version of the event was canceled due to COVID-19, but construction equipment, a fire engine, police cars, an industrial-sized lawn mower and other attractions were back on the scene. park football field. Children were asked to familiarize themselves with vehicles that might otherwise be out of their reach, with sirens and horns being part of the mix.
The event went as planned and had “a lot of horns and a lot of climbing on the equipment,” in the words of Alison Cribb, one of the municipal government recreation program coordinators.
Cribb noted that the event is traditionally held in July, which is harder to bear in terms of heat and usually involves having a fire engine on hand to spray on anyone in need of relief from the sizzle. of summer. The October event, she said, “went well, so it will likely be the new season of Touch-A-Truck.”
This year’s event was sponsored by K. Ward Aerial Technology, owned and operated by local resident Kristen Ward, who provides a range of fiber-related services. She said that she and her husband Zach welcomed the opportunity to sponsor a family event that would provide an easy opportunity for children especially to get outside.
She added that her 2-year-old son Leo readily accepted the opportunity to spend the entire time – from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in her case – familiarizing himself with police cars. “He’s a big fan of the police.”
Other organizations on board included the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the Aiken Electric Cooperative and the Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield Regional Library System.
“Everyone knows kids love trucks, tractors, trains, horns… all of that,” Cribb said, “and it’s just a great way for us to create something fun for little children to discover. “
“Kids love trucks,” Cribb said. “It’s so weird. They’re just fascinated.”