Alabaster sees large turnout at second Touch-A-Truck event

Published 3:36 pm Monday, April 8, 2024

By NOAH WORTHAM | Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Children had the chance to get their hands on a variety of vehicles during the city of Alabaster’s second annual Touch-A-Truck event.

The second edition of Touch-A-Truck took place on Saturday, April 6 from 1-5 p.m. at Alabaster’s Veterans Park and featured dozens of vehicles from local businesses, agencies and city departments.

“The turnout was just incredible,” said Neal Wagner, public relations manager for the city of Alabaster. “It’s our second year doing it, we want to try to grow it each year and attendance was definitely up this year compared to last year.”

The featured vehicles came from city departments like the Alabaster Fire Department, Alabaster Police Department and Alabaster Public Works as well as several local companies with cranes and a water truck. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were present at the event with a Tactical Response Unit vehicle and a helicopter for attendees to enjoy.

“It was really a chance for kids and adults to get an up close look at all this heavy machinery” Wagner said. “It’s a really good family event and something we’re looking to continue doing and grow in the future.”

This year’s edition featured a slight change from last year’s event as the city anticipated supporting a large crowd. The city set up the trucks in the grassy area of the park behind the baseball fields in order to keep the parking lot from being backed up.

In addition to the various vehicles on display, attendees were also able to enjoy a variety of food trucks that were present, including, Hey Bebe, Dixieland Funnel Cakes, Lil Mamas and Kona Ice.

The event was held in tandem with the city’s annual Parade of Teams which showcased the players in the city’s spring sports programs—allowing attendees to enjoy celebrating the new season and the Touch-A-Truck event at the same park.

“It’s always great to see such a big turnout for an event like that,” Wagner said. “That tells us that people are interested and want us to continue doing it in the future. We’re definitely making plans to do that.”