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What little kid doesn’t want to get up close to fire trucks and police cars and all sorts of public works equipment and actually touch them, climb on them, and meet the people who operate that equipment? Practically none.

Which is why the return of the free “‘Touch a Truck” event from 10:00 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20in Salida is guaranteed to delight kids of all ages.

The Reach helicopter. Courtesy image

The event will be set up in the South Arkansas Neighborhood open space on CR 104 and representatives of the Salida Fire Department, the Police Department, Public Works, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and many other organizations will be there to show the kids around and answer questions.

It will feature a helicopter from REACH Air Medical services, rigs from the Salida Fire Department, and the Salida Police Department, complete with their Salida K9 (Canine) unit.

There will be motorcycles and dirt bikes from the Colorado Motorcycle Club and Colorado Parks and Wildlife plans to have trucks used to transport fish from the fish hatcheries located in Chaffee county. Kids will also get to see the Salida Public Works trucks, as well as Salida Parks and Recreation e-bikes and pickup trucks.

Featured image: Salida Fire Department Truck # 11. Photo by Merrell Bergin.