Third annual Touch a Truck Saturday
by Celia Shortt
Odyssey Charter School PTO is holding its third annual Touch a Truck event on Saturday in the parking lot behind Olive Garden in Ashley Park.
Touch a Truck is a chance for children and adults to experience trucks and other big vehicles from companies like Caterpillar, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Peterbilt, FedEx, and Southside Wreckers.
"This is our third year hosting Touch A Truck and it is such a joy to see kids smiling from ear to ear as they sit inside a race car, climb on a fire truck or honk the horns on the Peterbilt,” said Jennifer Petrino, the event’s organizer. “You would think they are meeting their favorite movie stars. They don't often get a chance to see equipment like this up close, plus they can talk to the drivers and sit inside. It's so much fun for families."
This year’s trucks include forklifts from Carolina Handling, John Deere tractors from AgPro, Crawford Grading construction equipment, an oil pump truck from GEOBio Fuel, city and county police cars, fire trucks, race cars, HERO, a hearse, bucket trucks, classic cars, and new cars from local dealerships.
The purpose of Touch A Truck is to provide a fun and inexpensive event for families to enjoy in the summer. It also provides opportunities to support local charitable organizations.
County, city and military vehicles are free to touch. Admission for all others is three dollars per person or two dollars with a non-perishable food item for the Coweta Community Food Pantry. Children age 2 and younger are admitted free.
All proceeds will benefit the Odyssey School, a free public charter school for grades K-8 located in Newnan.
In addition to the Coweta Community Food Pantry, there will be other opportunities to support local charitable organizations. Attendees can sign up for the Jason Trotter Fun Run, purchase a bracelet from the Abby's Angels Foundation booth, and sign up for their Teen Driver class being held at Northgate High School on June 20. An American Red Cross blood drive will also be there, and donors can sign up at www.redcrossblood.org using sponsor code TRUCK.
Vendors and barbecue will be available, as well as face painting by Bubbles and Brushes Art Studio and Dusty the Clown.
The third annual Touch A Truck will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and end at 2 p.m.