Swarms of children descended on Frank Lorino Park Tuesday night to do one thing – touch a truck.
Many of them got more than that by climbing into the trucks, honking the horns, ringing bells or turning on sirens.
Judy Vaughn, of Morristown, brought her 18-month old grandson, Maddox.
“He’s loving it,” Vaughn said. “He loves bulldozers and excavators and fire trucks. He’s loving it.”
The city of Morristown Parks and Recreation Department held their 10th Annual Touch-a-Truck event Tuesday at Frank Lorino Park, which featured 34 different trucks on display.
Hundreds of people came to the event with their children. The kids got to experience climbing up onto an array of trucks from fire trucks, concrete trucks, ambulances, police cars and boom trucks.
Jennifer Gentry, program coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department, said the event is just as much educational as it is fun.
“There’s diversity in each area,” she said. “There’s so much to learn.”
The event started 10 years ago with mostly utility and construction trucks, she said. Later, the police and fire departments got involved. As children wandered through the displays, each of the truck presenters talked about their jobs and the role of the trucks for their organization.
Gentry said she was happy to see the throngs of children at the event.
“It continues to grow,” she said.
Not everyone brought just a truck.
Rick Long, owner of Xtreme Towing and Collision Services, brought a tow truck and on the back was a 1928 Model A Ford.
Long said his father, who passed away last year, bought the car brand new in 1928. It’s been in the family since.
He was glad to show it off at Touch-a-Truck.
“We’ve done it about every year,” he said. “We enjoy the fellowship with the kids, watching them laugh.”
Summers-Taylor Inc., based out of Elizabethton, brought a septic and concrete truck from their Mooresburg branch.
Richie Dalton, operations manager, said it was the second year the company participated.
He said the company employees loved watching the kids climb up into the trucks and pound the horns.
“I love seeing the smiles on their faces as they do it,” he said.
Vaughn said it was the first time she had been to the event. She said she was babysitting that night and found something to do with her grandson, Maddox.
It was a pleasant surprise.
“I’m enjoying it just as much as he is,” she said.