Touch a Truck Event at Funfest

Touch a Truck Event at Funfest

 Displaying some of the equipment expected to be on hand at Funfest are: (left to right)  Donald Leshko, chief, and Jamie Mahon, Hazleton Fire Department; Frank Vito, Director of Public Works, Jim Danenhower and Mike Baran, DPW workers; Hazleton Mayor Joe Yannuzzi, and Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea
Displaying some of the equipment expected to be on hand at Funfest are: (left to right) Donald Leshko, chief, and Jamie Mahon, Hazleton Fire Department; Frank Vito, Director of Public Works, Jim Danenhower and Mike Baran, DPW workers; Hazleton Mayor Joe Yannuzzi, and Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea
Kids will get the chance to climb on a fire truck, see a police car up close, and check out a bucket truck, thanks to a new event at this year’s Funfest Weekend September 7.  Funfest announced today that it is working with the City of Hazleton to present a “Touch-A-Truck” display at the festival as part of its Saturday Kids Activities.  Vehicles from all of the city’s main departments will be parked along Broad Street from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., and children will be able to get a close-up look at them.
“We have seen other communities do the ‘Touch a Truck’ event, and felt it would fit in perfectly with Funfest,” said Funfest Committee member Pete Lamont, who spearheaded the effort. “We contacted officials in the City of Hazleton, and were very happy to find that they liked the idea and were on board with it.  This will make a great addition to the Kids Activities, and to Funfest overall.”
Lamont said the city’s Police, Fire, Public Works and Transit Departments will all be involved.  “We’re expecting fire trucks, police cars, street sweepers, bucket trucks, and busses,” Lamont said.  All of the vehicles will be parked on Broad Street between Church and Vine Streets Saturday afternoon, and kids will be welcome to climb on them.  “We felt it was a great way for children to get to know what our public service departments do.”
Hazleton Mayor Joe Yannuzzi was instrumental in organizing the city’s participation, and Lamont offered Funfest’s thanks.  “The city does so much to help make Funfest possible, from the security provided by the police department to the public service department’s clean-up.  We are happy to give them an opportunity to showcase their operations.”  He added that Funfest’s co-host municipality, West Hazleton, will also have a presence at the event.  “The West Hazleton Fire Department, which works closely now with Hazleton’s, will also have at least one vehicle on display.”
The Touch-A-Truck display will coincide with other Funfest Kids Activities to be held inside First Presbyterian Church.  Trucks will be parked in the area previously used for the Funfest Craft Show.  The Craft Show has been moved to the Markle Building Parking lot, between Laurel and Wyoming Streets. 
For more information about Funfest and its activities, go to www.funfestpa.org, or call (570) 455-1509 or 1-800-OKF-FEST.
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