Having two little girls, I do not quite understand the compelling nature of trucks and the fanatical fascination most little boys (and of course some little girls) have with big, shiny trucks. (Though I will never forget the first time my older daughter said “truck” and it sounded exactly like a certain 4-letter word). But over the past few years as I have watched my friends’ little boys grow from baby to big kid, I have seen just how trucks are a way of life. Whether it’s dump trucks, fire trucks, monster trucks, or trash trucks, those larger than life vehicles with 4+ wheels can occupy the attention of little boys for hours on end.
If you are and/or your kids can relate to this love of all-things-that-go-vroom, then I have the event for you! The 5th annual Touch A Truck is a car show for kids (or the kid in you!), where kids will get to explore, honk, and sit shotgun in all sorts of cool vehicles ranging from the Wells Fargo Stage Coach to an honest to goodness Nascar. Other vehicles include motorcycles, drag racers, police-sheriff-border patrol vehicles, military armored vehicles, street rods, and, yes, the trash truck.
This unique event benefits childhood cancer research and is run by a volunteer organization that has raised over $100K for kids’ cancer research in the past four years. Melissa and Andy Mikulak began this event when their son Max lost his 4-year battle with cancer when he was only 7 years old. TAT is a celebration of his life and his love of all things that go, as well as a way for us to spread awareness about kids fighting cancer and make money for the good doctors who are working on finding worthwhile treatments for these kids.
Touch a Truck is not only about cars & trucks, it is also a family friendly festival featuring live music by youth performers, high school marching bands, fun activities and experiences, as well as over fifteen gourmet food trucks.
This year’s event is on June 8th, 2013 from 10:00am – 3:00pm at Qualcomm Stadium. Tickets are $10.00 per person (under 1 year old, FREE) and can be purchased online or at the venue on the day-of.
I am madly inspired by Melissa and Andy Mikulak’s drive to raise money for cancer research in the name of their little boy. The world could use more people like them. I hope to see you at this event!