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Berlin going big with second annual Touch a Truck Day, Sat.

(May 28, 2015) After last year’s vent turned out to be a literal roaring success, Berlin will hold its second annual Touch a Truck Day on Saturday.
The event, essentially a public utilities vehicle showcase, allows children to get a little hands-on experience with several of the larger town vehicles from public works, water resources, the police department, fire company and the electric company.
“This is a great opportunity for children of all ages to see, touch and explore their favorite truck or vehicle,” Mayor Gee Williams said in a press release. “Everyone will have the opportunity to learn all about the equipment they like the most.”
This year, the free event will includes a bucket truck, digger derrick, vacuum truck, camera truck, garbage truck, fire rescue squad vehicle and ladder truck.  
Town employees will provide demonstrations on the use of each vehicle, including some showcasing their function during working hours.
“We’ll be demonstrating how to set an electric pole and using our ‘Power Town’ display to show everyone how to be safe around electricity,” Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence said in the release.
The police department will provide a K-9 demonstration for the first time this year, and town will hand out free information and activity books for children ages 6-12, available while supplies last.
Coucilmember Thom Gulyas, who has been a big proponent of Touch a Truck Day during public meetings in Berlin, said the event is a good opportunity for the community to see where town resources go.
“We drop $50,000, $100,000, $150,00 on these specialized trucks, so it’s kind of cool to show everyone what they’re doing, how is snow removed, how are these huge trees cut, how are the power lines taken care of, how are the ditches cleaned out, how are the culvert pipes cleaned out,” he said. “Everybody likes trucks – or at least I think they do.”
Gulyas is also holding out hope that town officials give him a little hands-on experience with some of the larger equipment.
“If they’ll let me, I’d love to,” he said. “Let’s fire it up. Let’s go cut some grass or put the aerial up. They’re probably not going to let me, but I definitely would love to, that’s for sure. I think all that stuff is really neat.”
Hamburgers, hotdogs and ice cream will be available for sale. The rain date is June 20.
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