Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dunedin to hold Touch a Truck event Saturday

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected test vehicle will be on display.

Homeland Security Investigations

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected test vehicle will be on display.

DUNEDIN — Calling all kids: Honk your heart out and be king of the road at Dunedin's 11th annual Touch a Truck event.

Billed as the largest event of its kind in the southeastern United States and one of the largest in the country, the event will feature about 120 vehicles from government, nonprofit and commercial entities.

Event coordinator Mathew Eberius said about 15,000 people are expected to attend the Saturday event held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Highlander Park. The locale will be a sea of emergency and military vehicles as well as semitrailer trucks, construction equipment and boats.

"The kids love it — the fact that they get to honk the horns, play with lights and switches, turn on the sirens. It's something everyone wants to do," he said.

He attributed the growth of the event to the park setting, positive community feedback and the networking opportunities.

This year's event features a 20-ton Korean War tank called a Walker Bulldog, courtesy of the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo.

Coast Guard auxiliary boats will be on display, and the Tarpon Springs Police Department will showcase its Mobile Command Vehicle. Progress Energy will highlight the new Chevy Volt, an electric car. The Suncoast Safety Council will bring crash test dummies Vince and Larry, who will likely lose a limb or two in the interest of promoting safety.

There will be demonstrations by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Dive Team as well as an extrication demo by Dunedin Fire Rescue.

Publix will display a food truck and have giveaways for children. Ronald McDonald is slated for a visit as well.

The event is free with a $2 parking fee. Proceeds go to the Dunedin for Youth Scholarship Fund, which helps low-income families participate in recreational programs. Additional parking is at Dunedin High School (1651 Pinehurst Road) with a free ride to and from the park on the Jolley Trolley shuttle.

The Department of Homeland Security will feature a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, a prototype for a generation of armored fighting machines used for defense against mines and improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It weighs 16 tons and is about 12 feet tall and 24 feet long," said special agent Bill Williger, who works for the department. "This particular one is just a test vehicle; it never went overseas, but it is used for local emergency response."

Have a Diversions feature event? Contact Terri Bryce Reeves at treeves@tampabay.rr.com

IF YOU GO

Touch a Truck

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin

Admission: Free

Parking: $2 to benefit Dunedin for Youth Scholarship Fund

Info: (727) 812-4530

Dunedin to hold Touch a Truck event Saturday 04/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 4:49pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Slumping LoMo, Dickerson not in Rays lineup tonight vs LHP

    Blogs

    1B Logan Morrison and LF Corey Dickerson, two of the main slumpers in the Rays lineup, are not in tonight's lineup with the Orioles throwing LHP Wade Miley.

    Logan Morrison is 0-for-12 on this homestand.
  2. Pence breaks tie as Senate votes to begin debating 'Obamacare' repeal

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The Senate narrowly voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to repeal major provisions of the health care law, taking a pivotal step forward after the dramatic return of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who cast a crucial vote despite his diagnosis of brain cancer.

    Vice President Mike Pence (R) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus arrive on Capitol Hill, Tuesday in Washington, D.C. [Getty Images]
  3. Rubio helps GOP secure votes to proceed on health care debate

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans secured enough votes to proceed to debate on health care proposals, with Marco Rubio of Floirda joining in.

  4. Ex-Buc Booger McFarland becomes ABC college football analyst

    Blogs

    Former Bucs defensive lineman Booger McFarland is continuing his broadcasting rise by joining ABC's studio coverage for the upcoming college football season, ESPN announced Tuesday.

    Former Bucs lineman Booger McFarland (No. 92) will become an ABC studio analyst this college football season.
  5. Trump's political speech to Scouts inspires parental outrage

    News

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's fiery speech at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia has infuriated parents and former scouts.

    President Donald Trump waves to the crowd of scouts at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit in Glen Jean,W. Va., Monday. [AP Photo/Steve Helber]