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UNION — This year’s annual Touch-A-Truck event will welcome a new addition this year.


Union County First Steps announced on Wednesday that Touch-A-Truck 2014 will take place from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 26, at Union County Fairgrounds.


As in previous years, the event will include many different types of vehicles that children can learn about, including a fire truck, school bus, road equipment, dump truck and — new this year — the Regional One helicopter.


“This year’s event is sure to be great family-friendly fun as in years past, however, Touch-A-Truck 2014 will be especially exciting this year as we welcome a new addition to the vehicle line-up,” said Union County First Steps Executive Director Beth Thompson.


The event — which is free to the public — will also include various activities around the fairgrounds and inside the main exhibit building including a scavenger hunt, a mobile Born Learning Trail and resources for parents. Free books will also be available to children while supplies last, and children are welcome to climb aboard a trackless train for a ride around the event. Healthy snacks will also be available.


Again this year, there will be a horn-/siren-free hour from 9–10 a.m. Very young children and children with disabilities who may be sensitive to loud noises are encouraged to come and have exciting experiences, seeing the vehicles and participating in all of the activities of the day.


Thompson said the event has been a big hit with both children and parents, and the many years she has attended, she has been surprised that the garbage truck seems to be particularly exciting to the children.


“It’s just a fun day to see the children running around with excitement, exploring the vehicles on display,” she said.


Thompson said she took her son to the first Touch-A-Truck event.


“I can remember him climbing onto construction equipment and pretending to move it at the first Touch-A-Truck when he was probably only in first grade,” she said. “He still wants to attend and see the trucks on display. The curiosity doesn’t end, and that’s a great thing for children!”


The Touch-A-Truck event was introduced a number of years ago by former Union County First Steps Director Linda Parker as Union County’s celebration of the “Week of the Young Child.” The “Week of the Young Child” is an opportunity to celebrate the role early childhood programs have in fostering early learning opportunities that create a foundation for success for our children.


“We do it because we want to give children as many experiences as we can while they are young because we know that their brains are processing it all and they are learning when they have these types of experiences,” Thompson said. “Children are always learning when they are playing and seeing things like trucks, fire engines, police cars for the first time.”


This year’s event is supported by Lockhart Power Company, Union County DSS, and Aging with Flair, LLC along with the many partners that are providing vehicles for display and activities for the children and families.


For more information, call Beth Thompson at (864) 429-1740(864) 429-1740, ext. 134 or email beththompson@union.k12.sc.us.

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