Entertainment and attractions continue to be added to this year’s Touch-A-Truck event as responses come in daily from first responders, businesses and non-profit agencies with plans to participate in this year’s family-friendly event. This year’s Touch-A-Truck is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Central Park in Santa Clarita.
Admission is $5 for adults and children, and fathers who attend with their children will be admitted free in honor of the Father’s Day weekend.
The event gives guests a chance to climb on a fire engine, turn on a Sheriff’s or CHP vehicle siren or take a photo with a favorite movie vehicle. There’s also an ongoing magic show on the Magic Stage and family-friendly music presented by disk jockey Rick Willett. Cobalt Realty is a sponsor of this year’s event.
The list of participating vehicles grows each year as the event’s popularity grows. All American Mobile Repair will bring two work trucks, a dragster, side-by-side vehicle and a military Hummer. Castaic Lake Water Agency will have one of its trucks on display, Camelot Movers will have a moving van open for up-close inspection, and the California Highway Patrol will have an official vehicle on display.
Golden Oak Ranch will send its antique 1938 fire truck, and Panorama Towing will have a tow truck on display. C.A. Rasmussen will have an assortment of tractors and earthmovers, ReMax Realty will have an ice cream truck, and the local Sheriff’s Department will bring a prisoner transport bus, command post, Crown Victoria patrol car, official truck and a Tundra vehicle. Stratton and Sons will have a moving truck on display and Waste Management will bring a recycling truck. As always, the Fire Department will provide an assortment of emergency vehicles, which draw enthusiastic crowds of children and their parents for an up-close look. American Medical Response will have an ambulance on display.
Other vehicles include the City of Santa Clarita’s graffiti removal truck, Forestry Service vehicles and trash vehicles from Burrtec.
The City of Santa Clarita also will send its Vector truck, a 10-wheeler dump truck, bucket dump truck, search and rescue truck, the SCV Trolley, and an articulated bus. One of the dump trucks will be filled with beach balls, which will be dumped at 12:30 p.m., allowing children at the event to claim a free ball. Before the balls are dumped, event guests will have a chance to guess the number of balls in the truck, with donated prizes for the closest estimates.
Food trucks which will be on hand to offer their eclectic food selections for sale include Fry Fry Food Truck, Los Ruizenros Gourmet Taco Truck and Grilled Cheese Truck. Other food trucks which have expressed an interest in the event and are still working through the permitting process include Wafl Truck and Dogtown Dogs Truck.
Confirmed entertainment includes face painting by Maria Garcia, Photo Booth Hysteria, a wild animal show from Placerita Canyon Nature Center, Ice Boxx shaved ice, and activities hosted by Ice Station Valencia ice rink, We Rock the Spectrum, Remote Control Car Guy, and Santa Clarita Lanes. Smokey the fire preventing bear has agreed to attend, unless a major Southern California fire requires his attention. Other costumed characters which have been invited but have not yet confirmed include the crow from Fiesta Insurance and a giant bee from HomeTown Buffet.
Jump for Fun will provide a series of inflatable-based activities, including a maze, mega-combo and tot play adventure.
Vendor booths will include Damsels in Distress, Valencia Dental Group and Orthodontics, Academy Swim Club, Sunrise Dream Realty, Summit Realty, Origami Owl and Tastefully Simple.
All proceeds will benefit the SCV Senior Center, which offers such programs as Home Delivered Meals, Senior Respite Day Care and Supportive Services to local seniors.
“Kids love vehicles,” commented City Councilwoman Marsha McLean, who is serving as the event honorary chair, “and now they will be able to touch their favorite things on wheels.” She noted that the event will offer a close-up look at a cavalcade of construction rigs, fire engines, sheriff’s cars, military vehicles, famous film industry cars, race cars and “nearly anything you can think of!”
In addition, the committee is working on such kid-friendly activities as face painting, arts and crafts, bubbles, model building and more—all free with event admission.
Further information and registration forms are available at the event website, www.mySCVcoa.org/events/.
Admission tickets can also be purchased at the gate on the day of the event.