MARYSVILLE — The city’s annual “Touch A Truck” event at Asbery Field Sept. 10 drew close to 3,000 attendees with nearly 50 vehicles and other features from 20 agencies across Snohomish County.
While 4-year-old Cecilia Orr of Everett hopped in the driver’s seat of a 1959 GMC bus that Community Transit had restored for its 40th anniversary, 5-year-old Vance Jewett of Marysville did the same with a 2017 Bluebird bus provided by the Marysville School District.
Sandwich boards provided fast facts and figures on each of the vehicles; the school bus has seating for 78, a fuel tank that can hold 100 gallons of diesel, an Allison transmission, a rear-mounted Cummings engine and automatic chains.
But for kids like 3-year-old William Shetley of Arlington, it didn’t matter that the 2004 John Deere backhoe he was pretending to drive had been purchased by the city of Marysville for $72,700.
The city’s public works, parks and recreation, and police departments were represented by their various service vehicles, as were the Marysville Fire District, the Washington State Patrol, the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the U.S. Army Reserve in Marysville, and Waste Management Northwest.
“The best part of ‘Touch A Truck’ is that everyone has their own favorite,” city spokeswoman Connie Mennie said. “Kids and adults alike line up to get inside, get behind the wheel and learn about the working trucks of our community.”