I was always pretty mystified by the flashing lights of fire trucks, police cars and ambulances.
I still am.
And when my dad brought his Allis Chalmers tractor in from the fields, it was always a treat to climb up into the cab and tower above the ground.
In the 1970s and ’80s my family would camp at Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Arkansas. One of the fantastic attractions there was a huge, black train engine. My sister and I would climb all over it! I’m not sure if it’s still accessible, but my point is that I was able to imagine myself as an engineer, riding the rails.
To a child, getting to explore these massive modes of transportation is like playing with a new toy.
On May 12, children can attend a Touch-a-Truck event in Edmond. Police cars, ambulances, a garbage truck, a fire truck, a school bus and more will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m in the University of Central Oklahoma parking lot just off Second Street.
Here’s a photo gallery of the 2011 Touch-a-Truck event:
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