Buckhannon set to offer Truck Fest event for kids

BUCKHANNON — A free event is being offered this weekend that will give kids the chance to climb inside and learn about large trucks, emergency vehicles and construction equipment, and bring home free prizes as well.

The 2017 Buckhannon Truck Fest will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Buckhannon Public Safety Complex.

On Friday, police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and emergency vehicles of all types will be on display for children to explore and learn about. On Saturday guests can view a wide variety of trucks and construction equipment. Vehicle operators will be on hand to answer questions and explain the intricacies of each vehicle.

Brad Cutright, who works for the city of Buckhannon, has organized the Truck Fest the past two years.

“We had the first one last year,” he said. “The State Road brought in some equipment, the city had some vehicles, there were some big rigs.

“The kids can get into the vehicles, sit inside and blow the air horn,” Cutright said. “They have a great time.”

The event also provides free gifts for the kids who attend, Cutright said.

“Local companies made some donations. We bought some bicycles and toys and gave them away last year,” he said. “This year we’re buying fishing poles, bicycles and toy trucks to give away. We give away little plastic construction hats.”

Officials are also planning to have a sandbox set up for the kids to enjoy. There were plans to have military vehicles at the event, but that may not come to fruition, Cutright said.

“The National Guard brought some vehicles last year. This year, with the flooding and everything else going on, they may not be able to attend,” he said.

Cutright was inspired to create the annual Truck Fest in 2016.

“Last year, I saw Morgantown was doing something like this. I brought it up to our new mayor (Dave McCauley), who loves doing things for the community. Within a half-hour, he said, ‘It’s on. And you’re doing it,'” Cutright said with a laugh. “So it’s been some work but it’s a great free event for the community and we’ve really enjoyed it.”

In conjunction with Truck Fest, the Stockert Youth Center will also hold their annual Children’s Festival Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Children are encouraged to come and play games and will receive a pizza lunch at no cost. Vendors will each share an activity for children to either learn something new or create something to take with them.

There are no fees associated with these events, which are scheduled to take place rain or shine.