LEESBURG – Leesburg ECO Presbyterian Church is expecting hundreds of people for its fifth annual Touch A Truck and All Things That Go! event.
“It’s just grown each year by leaps and bounds,” said Phyllis Smith, committee chair.
The event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at the church, 1831 Perry Highway, Springfield Township. Admission is free.
About 50 vehicles and pieces of equipment will be lined up at the church; that includes emergency vehicles, a school bus, construction and farm equipment, antique cars, Shriners’ scooters, and more.
Touch A Truck is held rain or shine, and there will also be live music, a clown, giveaways and treat bags for children, and lunch for sale, said Mary Ann Collins.
Collins and her husband Bill are members of the church, and they serve on the Mission Shaped Church Committee, which sponsors the event.
“The farm equipment is what really generates a lot of interest,” she said.
Committee members and volunteers are excited to be able to offer Touch A Truck to the community, and the children love getting a close look at the vehicles.
When Smith first introduced the idea to her fellow church members more than five years ago, there weren’t many communities in the region hosting Touch A Truck events.
It’s caught on quickly in other towns, and she believes it’s a great way to educate people about different groups, businesses and organizations, and to show kids that emergency vehicles aren’t scary.
“I thought that would really be a fun family day,” Smith said.
There were about 25 participants the first year, and there is still time to register for this year. Quite a few families have attended the event each year.
“That’s what you want to hear,” she said.
She’s hoping it helps put the village of Leesburg “on the map.” The church is located on U.S. Route 19 at state Route 208.
Word of the event spreads each year, and committee members are already thinking ahead to 2020, Collins said.
They’re hoping to book a large semi-truck known as the “Big Idaho Potato Truck.” They’ve tried to get other high-profile vehicles, like the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, but it was cost-prohibitive, Collins said.
Collins noted that while children will be able to climb some of the vehicles and equipment, they must be accompanied by an adult.
Visitors can park at the church or neighboring lots at Smith Funeral Home, Joe’s auto repair shop, and Sonntag Excavating.
There will be a shuttle bus running between those lots and the church, and volunteers will be wearing blue shirts, Collins said.
For more information, call the church at 724-748-4670 or Mary Ann Collins at 724-533-4464, or visit www.leesburgtouchatruck.com