Kids Behind the Wheel

If your kid dreams of driving a big rig, garbage truck or ambulance someday, there’s an opportunity for them to sit in the driver’s seat at the seventh annual Touch a Truck event put on by the Junior League of Spokane. The event will feature some of the biggest trucks in our area, from tow trucks and fire trucks to city buses and police cars. Kids young and old will have the opportunity to plop down behind the wheel of some of their favorite vehicles. There will be food and drink vendors, as well as balloon artists and face painters to go along with other community information booths.

Funds from the event go toward literacy programs put on by the Junior League of Spokane, a not-for-profit organization that brings together dedicated and creative women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership. Literacy programs include adding additional books to the group’s book bank and putting on annual book fairs around the greater Spokane area, as well as reading corners around town.

“There are many amazing vehicles in one location. This is truly a wonderful community event that has a festival-like atmosphere,” said President-Elect Ann Smith.

“My kids have grown with the event and as a parent, it’s great to watch my children explore more and more each year. The first year, they were timid and didn’t venture past hand-holding distance. Now, they are running from vehicle to vehicle, climbing, screaming with excitement,” added current President Maria Cahill.

This year’s Touch a Truck is Saturday, September 23, from 9am to 2pm at Spokane Community College. Admission is $5 per person with a maximum of $20 per family, and tickets can be purchased at the event. The first 100 children through the door will receive a free book, and there will be several surprise appearances at the event.

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