Solomon Pond Mall hosts annual ‘Touch a Truck’ event

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A firefighter blows up a rubber glove while speaking with kids about firefighting during the Touch a Truck event June 3.

Marlborough – Roughly 1,300 children and their families clambered through cars and trucks at the Solomon Pond Mall’s “Touch a Truck” event June 3. The annual charity event raised money for Special Olympics Massachusetts and the Simon Youth Foundation.

The event included ambulances and police cars parked near fire trucks from Berlin and Marlborough. Attendees could also climb inside a construction crane and several other smaller cars and trucks.

The event also extended beyond the cars and trucks in the mall parking lot. Attendees could visit a bounce house, a face painting tent and see a show by the animal rescue center Animal Adventures among other attractions.

This marked the fourth year in which the Solomon Pond Mall hosted a Touch a Truck event. While the number of trucks present remained relatively unchanged from past events, the 1,300 families who cycled through those trucks this year represented a 20-percent increase in attendance of the event, according to Marketing Director Sheila Hennessy.

Proceeds will benefit two charities, Special Olympics Massachusetts and the Simon Youth Foundation, which provides scholarships to local high school seniors.

Photos/Dakota Antelman

Colton, a young attendee of the Touch a Truck event, sits behind the wheel of a firetruck.
Zach P. smiles while sitting in the cab of a crane at the Touch a Truck event.