NORMAN — Youngsters get a chance to explore everything from a construction crane to a police cruiser to a helicopter at the ninth annual “Touch a Truck” on Saturday at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E Robinson St.
More than 40 vehicles will be on hand from 9:30 a.m. to noon for children to look at, sit in and touch. A special “quiet hour” from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. is reserved for children with special needs.
Admission is a suggested donation of $2 per child. Proceeds benefit the children's section of Pioneer Library System libraries in Cleveland County.
The event was started in 2004 by the MOMS Club of Norman, the city's oldest organization for at-home moms and their children. Since its inception, “Touch a Truck” has raised more than $28,000 to buy furniture, toys and supplies for the children's section of the Norman Public Library.
This year, the MOMS Club is handing coordination of the event over to the Pioneer Library System and the Pioneer Library System Foundation, expanding its benefits to help the children's sections of the three other hometown libraries in Cleveland County, which are Noble, Moore and South Oklahoma City.
Foundation staff members and volunteers are working with the MOMS Club to ensure a smooth transition, said Joanna Duck, chairwoman for the past four years.
“It has been a total joy to bring ‘Touch a Truck' to thousands of families, to thank the truck drivers and operators who perform crucial public services every day, and to give back to the Norman Public Library, which does so much for our community and our children,” Duck said.
Through the years, the event has become so popular that the MOMS Club had to face the reality it had outgrown the club's capacity for staffing, Duck said.
To learn more
For more information about “Touch a Truck,” call Erin Seapy at 701-2687.