The exciting Touch a Truck event is returning for its third year and is scheduled for Apr. 27 at the Falls Township Community Park.
Falls Supervisor Jeff Boraski organizes police cars, fire engines, construction vehicles, and all sorts of big trucks for the big day. Boraski coordinated with Parks & Rec Department Director Brian Andrews to make the event a reality.
“Allowing the kids to touch and climb on the vehicles and equipment provides a better understanding of the functions and the various ways the truck operates and how they fit into everyday use in their community,” Boraski said.
Having a chance to see these trucks up close gives children a greater understanding of how vehicles work together to make their community run. Families can also look forward to giveaways, bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist, and DJ.
And as April is Autism Awareness Month, the first hour of Touch a Truck will be sensory-friendly to accommodate children on the spectrum. Representatives from The Center for Autism will also make themselves available to answer any questions.
“It’s a great time for the kids and families,” Boraski said. “They might not want to hear the airhorns blowing and the strobe lights going. This gives everyone an opportunity to be a part of our event.”
Last year’s event brought out more than 1,000 people. Boraski hopes this year is bigger and better than ever before thanks to outpouring support from sponsors.
“It’s crazy how they want to be so involved, the construction equipment especially” Boraski exclaimed. “I’m in construction myself and I know my company and people like us are so busy. But these guys are over the top. They are pulling trucks off of jobs and searching us out to be involved. It’s great, it’s awesome.”
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation, which helps people in the local area who have lost loved ones to sudden illness.
Ellen Barkann, wife NBC sports host and host of “Mike and Ike” on WIP Michael Barkann, started the foundation five years ago. Michael Barkann will attend to choose raffle winners for Phillies tickets and mingle with attendees.
In addition to vehicles associated with the township, trucks from local companies will make appearances. These include:
- KPK Development,
- Sims Metal Mfg.,
- A&A Machinery,
- Waste Management,
- Premium Excavating,
- B Blair Corp.,
- Carr & Duff,
- Rob’s Towing,
- Armour and Sons,
- and GPS Hauling.