Families flock to Fowler Park for fun-filled touch-a-truck day

Kimberly Bond

(Forsyth County, GA) Children celebrated the last day of spring break with a special Touch-A-Truck event at Fowler Park on Friday. Part of the Forsyth County Public Library (FCPL) spring break programming, the event featured fire trucks, police cars, school buses, and more.

The Touch-A-Truck event was popular with kids and families.Photo byKimberly Bond

Shannan Wade, the FCPL librarian who coordinated the event, smiled to see the large crowds of kids and families enjoying themselves at the event. Wade, who said she had been planning the event for months, was relieved to see the blue skies.

“I was up at 4:00 a.m. checking the weather,” she joked.

However, despite the stormy predictions, the afternoon turned out to be warm and sunny.

Families waited in line so their children could have a turn to climb aboard school buses, tour a mobile vet office, or collect a deputy sheriff police badge. Representatives from the Forsyth County Fire Department handed out play fire helmets and showed off the impressive ladder truck. Kids beeped horns and grinned for pictures with their hands on the steering wheels of the huge trucks.

Children, many too young to attend school yet, waited in line to climb aboard a Forsyth County school bus.Photo byKimberly Bond

There was also a last-minute addition to the array of vehicles - a brand-new garbage truck from Red Oak. Delighted kids watched as it showed off its ability to grab a trash can with its claw and dump its contents into the back of the truck.

The Red Oak truck thrilled watching kids with its claw action and loud horn.Photo byKimberly Bond

The FCPL Bookmobile was also in attendance. Kids waited their turn to climb on board, look through the books inside, and even check one out to take home.

“It’s like a tiny house filled with books!” cried one young excited visitor.

The Bookmobile helps the FCPL take the joy of reading out into the community.Photo byKimberly Bond

After visiting all of the vehicles on display, several families visited the playground at Fowler Park. Others hit the walking trails or sports fields, trying to soak up some sun during the final days of spring break.

It turned out to be a beautiful day to spend some time on the playground at Fowler Park.Photo byKimberly Bond

Storms predicted for Friday evening and Saturday are putting a damper on some Easter events this weekend, like the Good Friday service planned to be held at the Cumming City Center amphitheater. Organizers moved that event indoors to First Baptist Church Cumming instead. Saturday events like the EGGstravaganza at Warbington Farms and the Easter Market at The Collection are in danger of being rained out.

But who knows? Maybe the sun will decide to shine this weekend too.

What is your favorite thing to do during spring break? Email kbondwriter@gmail.com or comment below to let us know.

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