Touch-a-Truck is an educational community event hosted by Infinity Real Estate Group in Dickinson that provides children the opportunity to see and touch heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve the Western Edge.

Children are often told not to touch expensive items, however, owners Tim Seiler and Susie Lefor of Infinity Real Estate Group are putting the rule aside just in time for Dickinson’s inaugural Touch-a-Truck taking place on May 15, from 11 a.m. and running until 4 p.m.

Kids and adults alike will be able to participate in the spectacular educational event at the West River Ice Center without charge — gratis.

Vehicles representing a wide array of first responders, construction and maintenance including fire trucks, SWAT vehicles, cranes, snowplows, race cars and much, much more will be scattered around the inside and outside of the WRIC to help better understand the purpose and practical application of each for all who attend.

“Each truck or vehicle will have a representative from that company there to talk about their vehicle and how it operates, some are offering free promotional items,” Lefor said.

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Nearly a hundred vendors have asked to participate in the event, according to LeFor, and the number of vendors and participating vehicles continues to increase.

Food and drink vendors will be on hand to provide their services at no cost to those in attendance. Lefor said a Coca-Cola truck will arrive filled to the brim with soft drinks and one vendor will be handing out free bratwursts and hot dogs.

Yum Froyo and More, a local frozen yogurt firm will be offering free frozen yogurt as part of the event.

Lefor said the event will feature the new ice cream truck in town, and Relay for Life will host a concession stand through which participants may donate by purchasing concessions — the only exception to the free of charge items, and for “a good cause.”

“We opted to go with a Relay For Life food concession because it goes to a good cause...we thought that would be a good fit for trying to get a totally free event,” Lefor said.

Children’s activities will also be featured at the event which will include Bounce Right Rentals bringing their biggest bouncy house, face painting and more. Children and adults alike may get to meet some familiar faces as Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Ham and T Rex from the Pixar Animation Studios Toy Story film will be in attendance.

Local characters such as McGruff The Crime Dog, Smokey The Bear, Teddy from Dickinson’s Big Sticks and the much beloved Starky from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office will also be attending the event.

“This is a national event, it happens in different areas throughout the United States with different emphasis on what goes on in that area...it’s a big deal, so why not bring it to Dickinson where there (are) limited events to bring your family to...and not have to pay an admission or a fee to get in,” Seiler said.

LeFor said this event was a way of giving back to the community of Dickinson, which she said has given so much to them.

For more information about Touch-A-Truck, visit stayhappening.com