DOWNTOWN PUMPKIN FESTIVAL INCLUDES
City’s Public Works Department displaying
several trucks for up-close viewing, visit with staff
RAPID CITY, SD—The City’s Public Works Department is hosting a ‘Touch-A-Truck’ event Saturday, one of the highlights of the 15th annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival. Several City vehicles and equipment pieces will be staged in static display in the City Hall parking lot.
The ‘Touch-A-Truck’ event is just one of the featured attractions at the popular Pumpkin Festival, which will include numerous activities at Main Street Square, along Sixth Street, in Memorial Park near the Promenade area and the City Hall parking lot. Activities will be running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Want to know how a HydroJet/Vacuum truck works? What exactly is a ‘televising van’? Have you ever wanted to inspect a garbage truck, fire engine or patrol car up close? You’ll get the chance at Saturday’s ‘Touch-A-Truck’ event.
Trucks scheduled to appear at this time include: street sander with plow wing, Solid Waste can truck, roll off collection truck, HydroJet/Vacuum truck, televising van, backhoe, mini excavator, Rapid Transit System bus, Fire Department fire engine, and Police patrol car. City staff will be available to visit with the public at the event, including Rapid Transit System officials, who will be sharing information and obtaining feedback on route adjustments.
“The event is an opportunity to view some of the many trucks and equipment used by our public works employees,” said City Public Works executive coordinator Shannon Truax. “We’ll have staff on hand to address questions about the trucks and equipment, answer questions from the public and allow kids to crawl inside some of the big trucks.”
The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival is one of the most popular events hosted by Main Street Square. The event will include more than 60 vendors, the Pumpkin Chunkin’ Catapult contest, the giant pumpkin weigh off, the KidZ Zone and two Buck Chuck events, among other events.