‘Touch a Truck’ a loud success

Deegan Johnson, 3, of Warren, was all smiles as he took the wheel of a big blue tractor during the event.

There’s a saying about the benefits of teaching a man to fish as opposed to just giving him a fish.

So what do you suppose happens when you teach a kid how to honk a horn? Lots of people found out on Saturday just what an accomplished honker that kid can become.

Horns, sirens, whirring blades, and revving engines were just some of the sounds heard in Betts Park in Warren on Saturday. The first “Touch a Truck” event was held at the park. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center and Imagination Library of Warren County.

Hundreds of people attended. There were 200 tickets sold to attend as a VIP event from 9 to 10 a.m. The event was free to attend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While the name of the event indicated touching would be involved, it didn’t take long for some of the youngest in attendance to discover they could climb, steer, honk, blast sirens and even start some engines. One person who expressed concern when a key turned and the vehicle started with a young boy at the wheel was calmed by a man who said, “He can’t reach the pedals, so we’re good.”

At least one person said “Gentlemen, start your engines” as they checked out the race cars at the event.

Deegan Johnson, 3, of Warren, couldn’t climb into the seat of a large tractor on his own. Once he was lifted on to the seat, he grabbed the wheel and grinned at his mom. After a few minutes trying out the tractor, he thanked the owner and went off to the next big vehicle. And there were plenty to choose from.

Kids of all ages got familiar with fire trucks, police cars, garbage trucks, race cars, tractors, bulldozers, and all sorts of agency and personal vehicles — even helicopters.

Harrison Williams, 4, of Sheffield, wanted to know what the different levers on a bulldozer do as he sat at the wheel. After he was lifted down from the dozer, he made some vrooming noises and took off to see what else he could try out.

Not far from the bulldozer, another four-year-old was climbing probably higher than he ever had before. Harvey Reynolds, of Warren, was strapped into a belt and fastened securely on to Starbrick Volunteer Fire Chief Kirk Foust. Slowly and steadily the pair ascended each metal rung of the fire truck ladder until they were all the way at the top. Then back down the ladder,

they came. As Foust unhooked Reynolds, he proudly proclaimed his achievement. “I went all the way to the top,” he told his mom.

Equally proud of his horn honking and siren blaring, Joseph Blauser, 5, of Youngsville, showed off his skills in a City of Warren police car. After Blauser had his fun in the driver’s seat, he got in the back seat, too, even though his mom told him that’s not a place he should frequent.

Joseph Blauser, 5, of Youngsville tried out the horn, siren, and back seat of a Warren City police car during the event.

“That’s where the bad guys go,” she told him.

“That back seat was so cool,” he replied.

The first “Touch a Truck” event was held at Betts Park in Warren on Saturday. Proceeds from the event benefited the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center and Imagination Library of Warren County.

Harvey Reynolds, 4, of Warren, climbed all the way to the top of the Starbrick Volunteer Fire Department truck during the event. He was securely attached to Fire Chief Kirk Foust.

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm Harrison Williams, 4, of Sheffield, adjusted his hard hat just perfectly before he touched any of the apparatus that operates a bulldozer during the event.

Hundreds of people attended the event. There were 200 tickets sold to attend as a VIP from 9 a.m. to 10. The event was free to attend from 10 to 2

The first “Touch a Truck” event was held at Betts Park in Warren on Saturday. Proceeds from the event benefited the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center and Imagination Library of Warren County.

The first “Touch a Truck” event was held at Betts Park in Warren on Saturday. Proceeds from the event benefited the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center and Imagination Library of Warren County.

Harvey Reynolds, 4, of Warren, climbed all the way to the top of the Starbrick Volunteer Fire Department truck during the event. He was securely attached to Fire Chief Kirk Foust.

Helicopters from the Pennsylvania State Police and Allegheny Health Network were among the vehicles at the event.

The first “Touch a Truck” event was held at Betts Park in Warren on Saturday. Proceeds from the event benefited the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center and Imagination Library of Warren County.

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