GREAT FALLS — There was a "Touch A Truck" event in downtown Great Falls on Saturday, August 27, 2022, and hundreds of children of all ages gazed in awe at trucks of all sizes and functions.
The family-friendly event gave kids the opportunity to get up close with all sorts of big trucks and the people who operate them - fire trucks, farm and construction machinery, police vehicles, and more.
This is the second year that the Junior League of Great Falls hosted the event. Due to last year's success, they hosted the event again with more to see.
Kristina Remsen of Junio League said, "We wanted to bring a family-friendly event to Great Falls that was different than anything Great Falls currently has to offer. This is actually a fundraiser for Junior League of Great Falls. The proceeds from this event help us with our volunteer activities throughout the year, and they help make those activities possible."
The event not only gave kids the opportunity to simply watch and operate the trucks, but to also learn more about the day-to-day duties about truck drivers and first responders.
Zach Graham of Carnahan's Towing said, "Kids can learn what we do for a living. This truck we have is versatile. It can lift, tow, and pull anything."
Another difference in this year's event is Junior League's drive to assist teachers with school supplies.
Remsen said, "We always see the school supplies drives for the kids, and we wanted to give back to our schools as well, so we're doing a drive for the teachers. A lot of the teachers in our community are responsible for purchasing a lot of their own supplies, and we wanted to help make a dent in that cost as well."
Junior League aims to make the event an annual tradition: "We are hoping to have it the Saturday after school starts, every year from here on out," Remsen said. "We're hoping to attract more companies to bring their equipment down, more food trucks to bring their equipment down, and just hopefully make it bigger and better to help us make a bigger difference in our community throughout the year."
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