Thousands attend Marysville's ‘Touch a Truck’

MARYSVILLE — Two-year-old Aiden Zacky grabbed the set of police motorcycle handlebars just like he would a tricycle.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t see over the front visor.

“They’re just so excited to be here,” said Arlington resident Rosalie Johansen, grandmother of Aiden and his 6-year-old sister Hailey, both of Marysville, during the annual “Touch a Truck” event at Totem Middle School’s Asbery Field in Marysville. “My grandchildren just thought this was the greatest day ever.”

Motorcycles weren’t the only vehicle children had a chance to interact with.

Approximately 2,000 community members showed up for the event on Saturday, Sept. 11. Twenty-five vehicles from the city of Marysville police and public works departments, the Marysville Fire District, Snohomish County Fire District 15 and Snohomish County Search and Rescue were all parked along the track for children to get an up close and personal look at.

Among those attendees was Sedro-Woolley resident Heather Brewer, whose 2-year-old son, Baird, was walking around the large fire truck brought by fire district 15.

“I like that there are a lot of friendly people here,” Brewer said. “It helps the kids become less afraid.”

Camano Island resident Randy Belles brought his son, Ryker, to the Touch a Truck event for the first time this year.

“He had soccer practice nearby, so we wanted to come over and check it out,” said Randy Belles, as he called for his son who was poking his head out of the Marysville Police Department’s Tactical Team Vehicle. “As you can see, I can’t get him out of it.”

In addition to being able to see the various emergency and city vehicles, children also were able to take a ride on the Marysville Rotary Club kids’ train, jump around in a bouncy house, nab a free truck book from Marysville Kids Matter and take part in coloring activities at a Camp Fire USA table.

“It was a great day full of happy kids and happy families,” said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator for the city of Marysville.

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