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Big wheels keep on turning while rolling into River Falls

Touch-A-Truck for Kids will be held at a new location, the River Falls High School parking lot, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

Maybe it’s the roar of the engine or, possibly, the huge tires. Either way, big vehicles bring smiles to many people’s faces.

On Saturday, June 14, fans of giant trucks can get an up-close view of their favorite.

Touch-A-Truck for Kids goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the River Falls High School parking lot, 818 Cemetery Road.

Organizer Joe Covelli said “70 trucks will be at the event to see, touch and get in.”

New to the bi-annual event will be a 1942 M4 Sherman Tank, a 1950 police squad car, military trucks, and a milk truck, said Covelli.

Touch-A-Truck for Kids will also take place at a new location -- the high school student parking lots.

Covelli said that Dick Reinhart, owner of Dick’s Fresh Market, mentioned that cars were parking up to five blocks away from Meyer Middle School where Touch-A-Truck was always held.

Covelli said, “With cooperation from the River Falls School District, Touch-A-Truck is being moved to the high school parking lots, so the event has space to display more trucks and vehicles, as well as offer better accommodations to the 2,500 or more people coming to such a large community event.”

Covelli said parking will be available in the upper high school parking lots and across Cemetery Road at Wildcat Centre.

He said that this year’s Touch-A-Truck for Kids is dedicated to the memory of Carol Rinehart -- wife of Dick Reinhart -- who died in February.

Covelli said old favorites like dump trucks, cement truck, bucket trucks, fire trucks, road grader, bulldozer, crane trucks, several types of tractors, corn harvester, military trucks, armored truck, semi-trucks and more will also be on hand.

Similar to two years ago, Covelli said helicopter rides will be offered for an extra cost. Covelli said that helicopter rides were so popular last time that this year there will be two helicopters.

For the complete story, please see the June 12 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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