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“Touch A Truck” Event Comes to Watchung Reservation Sunday


The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite families to climb aboard a variety of public safety vehicles at this year’s “Touch A Truck” event.

According to organizers, the event will take place on Sunday, Apr. 29th‪ from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., ‬weather permitting in the Lower Loop Parking Lot of the ‪Watchung Reservation‬.

Officials said there will also be a quiet hour, ‪from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. ‬where children sensitive to noise will be able to enjoy the vehicles on display.

“Youngsters will have an opportunity to attend Touch A Truck at the Loop in the ‪Watchung Reservation‬ and get a close up look at these magnificent machines,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “They will also have the chance to climb aboard and experience the excitement of being behind the wheel.”

In addition, Hazmat will offer its big rig, and the Union County Department of Public Works will return with its mammoth white milling machine which is used to strip the top off of roads to prepare them for paving. The companion vehicle, the paver, will also be there, along with a bucket truck used for high tree trimming.

Attendees can also see multiple trucks with snow plows, payloaders, and hook/flatbed tow. The fire department truck equipment from the Mountainside Fire Department will also be on display.

This year’s Touch A Truck event will feature a special display from the Fire Museum, a 1975 Piece Custom pumper, retired from ‪Mine Hill‬ Fire Department.

Admission to the Touch A Truck event is $5 per person, with children 6-years-old and under admitted free. The price of admission also includes admission to Wild Earth Fest.

The Loop Area is located just off Tracy Drive in Mountainside, in between Glenside Avenue and Summit Road.

For more information on Touch a Truck, or any event in the Union County Parks System, please visit our website at

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