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Children of all ages can explore trucks, helicopter
Annual Touch a Truck event Aug. 6 at City Park in Gainesville
Landon Beasley, 5, plays with controls on a tractor during last year’s Touch A Truck event at City Park in Gainesville. The free event gives Gainesville residents the chance to see and touch their favorite big machines up close. This year’s event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 830 Green St. behind Gainesville Civic Center.

Touch a Truck
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Gainesville City Park, 830 Green St., Gainesville
Cost: Free
More info: 770-531-2680

Summer break may be just about over for area children, but Saturday gives them an opportunity to keep on trucking.

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department’s Touch a Truck event is back for its 17th year.

Between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, children of all ages can touch trucks ranging from fire trucks to big rigs to even a medical helicopter this year.

Touch a Truck will take place behind the Gainesville Civic Center at City Park, 830 Green St., in Gainesville. Admission to this event is free.

“It is so much fun,” said Julie Butler Colombini, marketing/communications manager at Gainesville Parks and Recreation. “We’ve had folks that have come every year. It’s just a great chance to get to play with trucks, get up close and touch trucks.”

Each year a different variety of trucks come out. An Air Life flight helicopter is expected to land on a nearby baseball field.

“There’s a lot of horn blowing, a lot of fun,” Colombini said.

The Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department started touch a truck in 1999. The event is one of many put on by Parks and Recreation throughout the year. Colombini said they try to plan special events to reach out to different segments in the community.

“The main thing we try to do is try to build up the opportunities for folks to make some memories with their kids,” Colombini said.

For more information, call 770-531-2680.

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