Touch-A-Truck in Bangor to benefit Camp CaPella

Posted Aug. 07, 2011, at 7:55 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Youngsters of all ages can take a close-up look at trucks and vehicles of all sizes and functions during the brand-new Touch-A-Truck Fair 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Cole Land Transportation Museum, 405 Perry Road.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Camp CaPella, provider of recreational resources and opportunities along with handicapped-accessible facilities on Phillips Lake for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

“Children and adults, as well, will enjoy the opportunity to take a closer look at many different types of trucks and emergency vehicles, sit in the cabs, talk to truckers and watch some of the action during demonstrations,” said Chris Thorne, project manager at the museum. “Kids will be happy to see and learn more about the world of trucks.”

“More sponsors are welcome to get involved, and we think this Touch-A-Truck Fair will bring in lots of interest and attendance,” added Dana Mosher, executive director of Camp CaPella. “Plus, the proceeds from ticket sales will send kids to Camp CaPella for a vacation all their own.”

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The Pelletier brothers from the Discovery Channel’s “American Loggers” and other loggers will have logging vehicles on display. Tractor-trailers, tow trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, construction vehicles and long-haul trucks will be within easy reach.

An excavator and loader will be there, along with Freightliner cabs. Emergency transportation vehicles will include a ladder truck from the Bangor Fire Department, ambulances, a helicopter, an emergency response box truck and state police vehicles, including robot demonstrations.

Fun vehicles will include The Kool Bus, a Hollywood custom limousine, a snowcat, a MUD truck and a submarine.

Food and drinks will be available in the Camp CaPella truck stop area and served by members of Kappa Delta Phi. Anah Shrine Clowns will act funny, Anah Shrine minitrucks will be riding around, and a dunk tank will be available in which local celebrities will get dunked.

Sponsors include Cole Land Transportation Museum, Carden Kennels, Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis Club, Brewer Kiwanis Club, Bangor Letter Shop, Lane Construction, Kappa Delta Phi and the Brewer High School Football Team.

Tickets for the Touch-A-Truck Fair are $5, or $20 a family.

Cole Land Transportation Museum will be open with separate admission of $7 adults, $5 senior citizens. Children 18 and under get in for free. For information, call 990-3600.

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