Club hosts giant truck and vehicle festival for kids’ delight

Posted by Jessamyn Rubio

Truck_logoYou know how your kids always want to climb all over that bulldozer? Here’s their chance! Mark your calendars for the huge annual Touch-A-Truck event: April 23!

“I have heard numerous children say, ‘This is the BEST DAY EVER!’,” said Jennifer Underwood, a Junior Wednesday Club point person for coordinating this event. “Many parents comment that they cannot believe how big the event has gotten. Each year it gets better and better!”

Explore 40 different vehicles and other activities!

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  • There will be a tremendous variety of vehicles, ranging from dump trucks to helicopters. You’ll also find construction vehicles, utility vehicles, fire engines, etc.
  • New to the event this year is a Teddy Bear Clinic where residents from the hospital will be available to perform doctor checkups on stuffed animals for children.
  • Another special guest this year: a ChampTruck arriving from Mooresville, NC. According to the Team Exodus Diesel, the ChampTruck is “big, obnoxious and shockingly fast.”
  • O’Kelly’s and Kona Ice will sell food.
  • There is also a Kid Zone filled with balloon animals, bounce houses, a DJ, face painting, pickelball, and a construction play area for small children.
  • Sponsoring companies will host various workshops and hold giveaways.

Saturday, April 23,
11am – 3pm

770 Mount Cross Road, Danville, VA 24541
Wristbands are $5 if purchased before the event and $6 at the gate on the day of the event. Children 2 and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased from any Junior Wednesday Club member or at Danville Toyota.
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Tips for Parents

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  • The event is held in an over-sized parking lot, so bring on the strollers!
  • There will be no horns or sirens during the hours of 11am – 2pm. This is good for younger children, especially, who often find the very loud noises to be scary. Although some older kids and even adults! may prefer to avoid the louder hours, too. Those rescue sirens are engineered to be noticed!
  • Take note that this is a RAIN OR SHINE event, and there will be no refunds. No matter what the weather is, Touch-A-Truck will be held on April 23.
  • Tickets get you a wristband so you can return to your car and be re-admitted.

A community effort and a community investment

One thing is for sure, this is no small undertaking. 55 members of the Junior Wednesday Club put on the event with the help of local sponsor companies and vehicle owners who generously donate their time to help children climb in and out of the vehicles as well as answer questions that children or parents may have about the particular equipment. More than a thousand people attended last year.

The money raised for the event is used to help families in Danville and Pittsylvania county. The Junior Wednesday Club strives to volunteer to help others. They donate money to the Malcolm Huckabee Backpack Program, which sends food bags home with children in need. They take unmatched sisters for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program in town on outings each month. They also sponsor Angel Tree gifts for 50 students for Danville and Pittsylvania County schools each year. Other money is donated to families in need with living expenses or medical bills.

Members of the Junior Wednesday Club, 2015 / Photo courtesy of JWC
Members of the Junior Wednesday Club, 2015 / Photo courtesy of JWC

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