Children of all ages got their hands on a variety of trucks at the second annual Touch a Truck held June 7 at Springfield Baptist Church on Krumroy Road. Horns were blowing, sirens were sounding, children were yelling "look at that truck" as a good time was being had.

Children of all ages got their hands on a variety of  trucks at the second annual Touch a Truck held June 7 at Springfield Baptist Church on Krumroy Road. Horns were blowing, sirens were sounding, children were yelling "look at that truck" as a good time was being had.

Pastor Larry Baldridge said the Touch a Truck event was an opportunity for the community to get an up-close look some of the trucks that go by every day.

"Kids may have never had a chance to see or sit in one (of these trucks,)” Baldridge said. “It is a learning opportunity, a way for the community to meet new people and a good family event.”

Children crawled on fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles and construction equipment. They got an up-close look at a Springfield Township dump truck, Akron Coach tow truck and a farm tractor with a row corn planter.

Little ones smiled brightly as they climbed into the driver’s seats. They honked the horns, grasped the steering wheels, played with turn signals and made engine sounds.

They jockeyed for a turn to sit in the driver’s seat of the police car and marveled at all the equipment, computers and more. Each child received a police badge.

The Springfield and Lakemore fire departments got a call just as things were getting started so they had to leave, but Springfield Fire Chief Vic Wincik stayed with the pumper truck and, eventually, the others came back. Wincik lifted children in and out of the truck so they could see what it was like to steer the big red truck and blow the horn. Children could be heard saying they wanted to be a fireman or police officer someday.

There was a steady flow of kids coming to get a look at all the big trucks and each child received a t-shirt and refreshments.

Ethan Curry surprised his mom, Jennifer because she was sure he would be excited to see the fire trucks and police vehicles when, actually, he loved checking out the construction vehicles. She said Ethan was so excited he had been asking all day, "when do we go?"

Event organizer Brad Mason was thrilled to see the smiles on the children’s faces.

"It is just for the kids,” he said. “The kids love it."

Throughout the year, Springfield Baptist Church hosts a variety of free community events. It’s an important part of what the work the church does in the community.

The McDermitt family was checking out the police cars. Christopher McDermitt did not know which truck was his favorite because he still had some to see. He was enjoying the police vehicles at the time.

Being in the backseat of the police cruiser brought a story to mind for Travis McDermitt explaining he had once handcuffed himself and could not get out, until he realized there was a button to push. He was disappointed he had not brought his handcuffs with him. Sister Lorelai said she did not get to blow the horn on the fire truck because it “ran out of air” – she was, however, having fun.