Touch-a-Truck all treat for Suffolk families

Published 8:28 pm Monday, November 1, 2021

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On the sunny afternoon of Oct. 30, Suffolk families came in costumes to get a closer look at well-known machines while receiving some treats.

The Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society was back with its annual Touch a Truck and Trick or Treat. For the past 10 years, the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society has partnered numerous organizations to have vehicles available for kids to get an up-close look at while trick-or-treating at each stop.

“We are thankful to everyone who helped make this day a success,” said Kimberly Blair-Greene, executive director for the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society. “We especially want to thank the city for all their help.”

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The event had around 25 trucks and vehicles, plus numerous booths for guests to interact with around the parking lot. Kids who came could sit in bulldozers and other work vehicles from Suffolk Public Works. Suffolk Police Department had a car for folks to sit in and its mobile communications unit that families could walk through. Other popular spots were a Suffolk Public Schools bus, a Suffolk Tourism tour bus and a Holiday Ice freezer trailer.

Some of the sponsors present gave out more than just candy, including kid-sized hard hats from Aermor. Others gave out tattoos, bubbles and other snacks to folks who stopped by.

“Glad for good weather and glad to have good support from the community and our sponsors,” said Tommy Arthur, vice president of the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society.

The event saw a great turnout considering the switch in location. For years, the event was held in the Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum parking lot. This year, the trucks and trick-or-treaters had more space to spread out behind the courthouse on North Commerce Street. This will be the new location for future Touch a Truck and Trick or Treats right behind the Phillips-Dawson House Museum, which is the headquarters of the historical society.

“We’re thrilled to have it behind the facility,” said Blair-Greene. “We’ve never had it here like this before, so we are very happy.”