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Published 10:49 am Wednesday, June 26, 2024

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VALLEY — Lots of children took part in the Touch a Truck event Saturday afternoon in the upper parking lot outside Bradshaw-Chambers County Library.

There was also some getting inside of ambulances, fire trucks and a SWAT bus, checking out a nice ride from Tiger Lino in Auburn and getting into some game action on the Cybergame Truck.

Every parking space was filled outside the library before the 11 a.m. event got under way, and many cars were parked on the hill above the upper parking lot.

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A huge crowd was on hand for the annual Touch a Truck event, and everyone had a great time.

Lt./Firemedic Joseph Murray and Paramedic Savannah Sims showed the attendees what crews do on an East Alabama Fire Department ambulance and EAFD Captain Logan Daniel and Ryan Fulghum showed them what firefighters do.

Everyone loved getting on the Chambers County Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force SWAT team bus.

The Chambers County team includes 15 officers from the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in Valley, Lanett and LaFayette.

The limousine from Tiger Limo can hold up to 12 people.

“We are mostly in the Auburn-Opelika area, but we will take you wherever you want to go,” said Tony Slaton, who has been a limo driver for the company for the past 13 years.

People were lined up for the chance to go aboard the Cybergame Truck. It’s also from the Auburn-Opelika area, and is a fun place on wheels.

To get that chance, all kids under six years of age had to be accompanied by an adult, no food or drinks are allowed to be taken inside, no horseplay is allowed and above all else, no dropping of controllers or touching TV screens.

Sgt. Bradley Dunson and Officer Dakota Chestnut of Valley Police Department talked to children and their parents about the operations of two new VPD vehicles, a Tahoe and a Dodge Charger.

The one vehicle there that didn’t have wheels was a patrol boat for West Point Lake. West Point Project Ranger Rusty Newton, a former principal at Lafayette Lanier Elementary School,  talked to people about what rangers do when they are out on the water.

“We make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket and are following all safety rules,” he said.

Newton said that park rangers can take the boat to the upper reaches of the lake, only about a mile or so from the town of Franklin. It’s a big area to patrol.

“West Point Lake has 25,000 acres of water and of 50,000 acres of land,” Newton said.

Jay Jameson is the current project manager and David Scott the natural resources manager. The West Point office has 10 park rangers.

Brett Goggans was at Saturday’s event demonstrating a mini excavator. He works out of the Opelika office of Spire Natural Gas.

Spire provides natural gas to a pretty big area including Lee County, LaFayette, Huguley and Tallassee.

Saturday’s Touch a Truck event gave kids the chance to get up on the seat of a tractor. Alex Morris brought it over from a family farm in the LaFayette area, where he uses it to do lots of bush hogging and pulling light loads.

Grab N Go Hot Dogs and Big Mama’s Ice Cream were popular places on the hot morning and early afternoon. Mike Davis of Grab N Go was serving hot dogs, nachos, drinks and chips from underneath his tent.

Tina Borden was there in Big Mama’s everpresent van. Her Helados Mexico strawberry bars are very popular this time of year. Her banana popsicles are well liked too.

As far as that goes, anything cold is comforting on a hot summer day.