EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville Township Supervisor Frank Miles announced the township will host the third annual Touch-A-Truck event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Robert C. Stille Edwardsville Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Road.
Touch-A-Truck is a free community event that gives families and children the opportunity to explore and learn about vehicles they see every day and some that are rarely accessible.
With more than 35 vehicles registered to participate, the township is looking to build on the success of last year’s event, which welcomed nearly 6,000 guests. Confirmed trucks include a KMOV news truck, garbage truck, concrete mixer, military vehicles from the Illinois National Guard and Scott Air Force Base, a moving truck, a milk truck, vehicles from the Edwardsville Police Department and the Glen Carbon Fire Protection District, a Madison County Transit bus, a school bus, tow trucks, dump trucks and a boom truck.
This year the township has focused on the Children’s Activity Area.
“Last year we received great support from area businesses, and this year we have surpassed our expectations,” Miles said. “We are excited to partner with the Edwardsville Art Center and the Edwardsville Children’s Museum to offer free activities as well as a dig site and photo booth. These activities are made possible by the generous sponsors of the event.”
Sponsors include Garwood’s Heating & Cooling, Cassens Transport, McDonald’s of Edwardsville, Crawford Murphy & Tilly, DeLaurent Construction Co., Maclair Asphalt, Hack Schmitt Chevrolet Wood River, Brickman Orthodontics, Illinois Sen. Bill Haine, Cross Auto Body & Towing, Illinois Business Journal, Weber & Rodney Funeral Home, J.F. Electric, First Clover Leaf Bank, Irwin Chapel Funeral Homes, Eclipse Car Wash, Riverbend Head Start, Brueggeman Chiropractic Center, Sivia Business & Legal Services, Tiger Plumbing and Bull & Bear Grill & Bar.
Because of the success of the holiday food drive at last year’s event, the township decided to continue this addition. The township will partner with local organizations to create baskets for families during the Thanksgiving holiday. Donation bins will be near the township tent. Anyone who attends is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items such as stuffing mix, canned peas, boxed potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned green beans, gravy mix, canned corn, canned sweet potatoes, desserts, cake mix and icing, and canned pumpkin. Donations are greatly appreciated but not required.
Parking lots will open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Limited parking will be available at the park on a first-come, first-serve basis. Handicapped parking will be available inside the park near Shelter 1. There will be designated signage. Off-site parking with a shuttle service will be available at Edwardsville High School, Metro East Lutheran High School and LeClaire Christian Church. Parking and vehicle attendant volunteers will assist with any parking concerns.
“This event has exceeded our expectations for the past two years,” Miles said. “It’s a great way to give children the opportunity to interact with things that normally would be out of reach.”
The township comprises the city of Edwardsville, village of Glen Carbon and unincorporated areas just outside of these two municipalities. The Township Supervisor’s Office, 300 W. Park in Edwardsville and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
For information, visit edwardsvilletownship.com or call (618) 656-0292.