Young ones have great time at Touch-A-Truck

By Brandon Gustafson | May 15, 2019
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Mukilteo Police Department Community Services Sergeant Shaun Greenmun chats with a young attendee at Touch-A-Truck Saturday, May 11. Future Mukilteo police officer, perhaps?

The constant blaring of horns and screams of young children in Old Town would normally be a cause for concern, but it was a Saturday in May, which meant it was the city’s eighth annual Touch-A-Truck event.

The annual event, hosted by the city’s Recreation Department Saturday, May 11, took place in the back lot of the Rosehill Community Center as well as on Third Street.

The event brought out hundreds, especially younger kids, who jumped into the seats of police vehicles, buses, fire trucks, tractors, and more.

“It was great, and the weather certainly helped,” Nick Hamblet, Mukilteo recreation coordinator, said of the event’s turnout. “There were lots of people out and about, and it was a bigger crowd than last year.”

The Mukilteo Police Department, Mukilteo Fire Department, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Community Transit, Mukilteo Public Works, and more local agencies and organizations all had vehicles on-hand for young kids to interact with.

Hamblet says organizing the event with all the various  agencies is quite a task.

“It’s a lot of connecting with people and trying to get more people involved,” he said. “A lot of it is really word of mouth from those involved, and maintaining the contacts that we have.”

Hamblet said it was nice to have booths and vendors from groups like Sno-Isle and Taekwondo Way as well.

“It’s really been a lot of networking. Everyone is trying to get their information out there,” he said. “It’s easy to get them here because of that.”

Organizing the event takes months of work, Hamblet said, especially because of the closure of Third Street to accommodate the event.

“We have to send out notices to affected residents in Old Town, and those go out a few weeks in advance.”

In addition to providing smiles and fun experiences for youngsters, the event supported the Mukilteo Food Bank.

“We haven’t got an official number yet in pounds, but we have about 10 grocery bags full of cans and other good,” Hamblet said.

Overall, there were 27 vehicles at the event, which exceeded last year’s total by five.

Hamblet said the event wouldn’t be possible without the help of its two big sponsors: Dwayne Lane's Auto Family and Taekwondo Way.

“I was really pleased with the event, and those two played a huge role in it,” Hamblet said.

 

 

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