South Frontenac announces new location for ‘Touch a Truck’ event

Update (Wednesday, May 8, 2024):
The Touch-A-Truck event, scheduled for the evening of May 8, 2024 has been postponed, South Frontenac Township shared on social media:

“Touch the Truck is POSTPONED! ???
Due to the forecasted thunder and lightning storms, we are postponing the event until tomorrow! Please join us on Thursday, May 9th from 4pm – 7pm. Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbours! We’ll see you tomorrow!”

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Next month, kids of all ages can get up close and personal with big trucks and equipment in South Frontenac. The 2024 Touch the Truck event has reportedly outgrown its previous space at South Frontenac Township’s public yard, and will take place at The Point Park in Sydenham this year.

According to a release from the Township, South Frontenac Fire and Rescue, Public Services, Frontenac OPP, and Frontenac Paramedics are participating with boats, big trucks and equipment, motorcycles and all terrain vehicles (ATVs), as well as local community service organizations under the big tent. The event takes place on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Township noted that the new location features ample parking at Loughborough Public School, Sydenham High School, and the municipal offices and library parking lots. Accessible parking will be available at The Point Park. According to the release, the parking lots are within walking distance of the park, but visitors can take a free shuttle bus running from the school parking lots to the event site.

The location of The Point Park in Sydenham. Graphic via Google Maps.

While admission is free, South Frontenac Township is encouraging families to bring cash for the BBQ fundraiser with proceeds going to Maltby Centre, a not-for-profit agency providing autism and mental health support for youth in Frontenac County, and a non-perishable food item to help Stuff-the-Truck for the Southern Frontenac Community Services food bank.

The event takes place during Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5 to 11. According to the release, this year’s theme is Be Prepared. Know Your Risks. Emergency services personnel are encouraging residents to be prepared for emergencies, like sharing emergency contact information, building an emergency kit or grab and go bag, and knowing what to do when there are severe storms, weather, or wildfires.

“Touch the Truck is a wonderful opportunity to encourage kids to learn more and interact with our emergency and public services,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal.

“It’s also a reminder for residents to review their emergency preparedness, check their supplies and plans, and learn more about the risks in our area and what steps they can take to protect themselves and their families in emergencies.”

The event will be a silent event with no horns or honking to make it accessible and enjoyable for all, the Township noted, adding that volunteers are still needed. For more information or to get involved, email [email protected].

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