Touch-a-Truck and Car Show

Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 6:00am
Touch a Truck
Crowds enjoy exploring the trucks at last year’s Touch-a-Truck event.

Rev your engines, raise your hoods and start exploring!  The Cummings Properties’ Touch-A-Truck and Car Show event will be held on Sunday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine, at West Cummings Park on Washington Street, Woburn. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend this free community event.

Free balloons, toy hard hats, and a special appearance by Bob the Builder, courtesy of the event’s sponsor, are sure to draw visitors. There will also be an opportunity to meet children’s author, James Martin II, who will sign copies of his popular book, William is Going Green of the William the Garbage Truck and Crew series.

Special attractions this year will include a Jaws of Life demonstration and a “smoke house” which teaches children the importance of smoke alarms and how to escape a fire. The street team from radio station Golden Oldies 103.3 will provide tunes and giveaways. 

This year’s Touch-a-Truck highlights are expected to include a Mobile Command Center from North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, a Hummvee from the Massachusetts National Guard, and a State Police crime scene investigation van. Organizers reportedly anticipate vehicles to also include aerial lifts, tow trucks, a concrete pumper truck, fire trucks, ambulances and dump trucks, as well as a brand new Caterpillar grader, a snowfighter and a kid’s size school bus.

One of the best parts of the entire show is the interaction between safety officials and the public.  “Kids and adults love meeting their hometown heroes. Woburn firefighters lifting kids into fire trucks and Woburn police officers giving tours of the command center really help strengthen community ties,” said one of the event’s coordinators and Woburn resident, Brian Borselli.

The Car Show (please admire but do not touch) is sure to be a favorite for car aficionados.  Event organizers report that this year’s line-up will likely include two antique fire trucks, a 1930 Model A Ford street rod and a 1956 Rolls Royce.  Local Woburn business Chop-Shop Customs plans to have a special car restoration project.

MYCHIP (Masonic Youth Child ID Program) is scheduled to offer parents a chance to collect a free identification packet of their child to keep.  The packet will include fingerprints, toothprints, a cheekswab and a brief interview on videotape for each child.

Food, drinks and snacks including popcorn, hamburgers, ice cream, coffee and pretzels will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Cummings Properties is a commercial real estate management and development firm as well as the original sponsor of Cummings Foundation and the New Horizons Retirement Community at the former Choate Hospital.

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