Touch a Truck planned

Published 9:52 pm Monday, October 23, 2017

Hundreds of costumed children and their parents will descend upon downtown’s Market Park this Saturday for the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society’s its annual Touch a Truck, Train and Trick or Treat.

Kids will be able to get up close and personal with more than two dozen big and utilitarian vehicles, including construction and farm equipment, public safety vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks and ambulances, and the 1962 train caboose that rests on display outside the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum.

At each station, kids can get candy while they visit. A sand pit with miniature versions of the big construction vehicles will be on site, and six high school students will earn community service hours by doing temporary tattoos for kids, said Kimberly Blair-Greene, the executive director of the historical society. A vendor on site will sell treats such as kettle corn and hot dogs.

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“It’s a good fundraiser,” Blair-Greene said of Touch a Truck. “It’s really important.”

The train station will be open during the event so folks can view some of the ongoing renovations.

Blair-Greene said Touch a Truck will be the society’s biggest fundraiser this year as it moves its Christmastime candlelight tour, formerly an annual event, to a biennial event.

She said the society wanted to move its tour to coincide with the off-year for the Smithfield candlelight tour, which also occurs once every two years. The society hopes to make its candlelight tour a grander affair when it does occur and should be able to do so when it does not have to be done on an annual basis, Blair-Green said.

Touch a Truck, Train and Trick or Treat will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 326 N. Main St. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and bring trick-or-treat bags.

Admission is $5 per person or four for $15. Tickets are available on site the day of the event.

Call 539-2781 for more information.