Hands-on fun for kids at this weekend's 'Touch-a-Truck' event

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Your kids will have the chance to get up close and personal with some big trucks at this weekend's "Touch-a-Truck" event.

It's sponsored by the Junior League of Phoenix, and takes place Saturday, October 18 in the Paradise Valley Mall Sears parking lot, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will allow children to experience life-size work vehicles used in construction, as well as vehicles utilized by the military, police and firefighters. Food trucks, mascots and other vendors will be on site to provide a fun, entertaining experience.

The educational fundraiser supports the Junior League's goal of positively impacting the lives of children and their families.

"Touch-A-Truck embodies the JLP focus area of 'Building a Healthy Arizona,'" said Gretchen Kinsella, chair of the event. "Not only does it include physical and educational activities, it also allows families to spend quality time together, which is healthy for everyone."

The fundraiser will benefit JLP programs including ROCKETS (Raising Our Children's Knowledge by Educating Through Science), an early math and science literacy program for at-risk children, and Kids in the Kitchen, a nutritional initiative that seeks to combat childhood obesity.

More than 1,000 tickets are expected to be sold at this year's event. Kinsella is promising this year to be even better than last year's.

There's something sure to interest everyone. For example, kids can check out a moving truck from Two Men & A Truck. Or they can have some hands-on fun by touching gear from the Sheriff's Office. "We will have all this out so they can touch it, try it, try it on," says Calvin Taylor with MCSO. 

"We are excited for a bigger and better Touch-A-Truck event this year!" Kinsella said. "We're going to have a ton of trucks this year, twice as many as last year."

Tickets are available for purchase on the day of the event or at www.jlp.org. Tickets are $5 a person or a family pack of five tickets for $20. Children age two and under are free.

Trucks on Display:
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office - command center
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office - swat truck
UPS truck
Republic Services
Fresh Express Mobile Bus
Herbie the Love Bug
Two Men & A Truck
Rural Metro
Valley Towing - Tow Truck
Construction Equipment from CJ Robbins
MidFirst Bank Coin Van
Construction Equipment from Markham Contracting
City of Phoenix Fire Truck
Arizona Materials Cement Truck

Activities:
Phoenix Fire Department - Fir Preparedness Exhibit
Phoenix Fire Department - Child Safety Seat Inspection (8-10 a.m. only)
Arizona Coyotes Mascot, "Howler" (10-11 a.m. only)
Arizona State University's Sparky (12-1 p.m. only)

JLP Programs:
ROCKETS
Kids in the Kitchen
Phoenix Rescue Mission - Selling Cookies
Cookbooks

Food Trucks:
2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese
Burger Amore
Queso Good
Kona Ice
Kettle Heroes

Food & Beverage:
McCallisters Deli

About The Junior League of Phoenix
The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. is an organization of nearly 1,000 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the Valley of the Sun through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, JLP has invested millions in the community and contributes over 75,000 volunteer hours annually. Current League programs are structured around the JLP's focus area of "Building a Healthy Arizona."

For more information about The Junior League of Phoenix, please visit www.jlp.org or call The Junior League of Phoenix Headquarters at (602) 234-3388.