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'Touch-a-Truck" draws a crowd in Oakmont

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Two-year old Hunter Haubach and his grandma, Janice, wait their turn to go up on the Oakmont Fire Department's aerial truck at the Oakmont Carnegie Library/Lions Club Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser on Sunday, September 23 along Allegheny River Boulevard.   Lillian DeDomenic  |  For The Tribune Review
Two-year old Hunter Haubach and his grandma, Janice, wait their turn to go up on the Oakmont Fire Department's aerial truck at the Oakmont Carnegie Library/Lions Club Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser on Sunday, September 23 along Allegheny River Boulevard. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review

Nearly 1,500 people recently flocked to Oakmont with one goal in mind — to touch a truck.

Allegheny River Boulevard was shut down from Maryland to Washington avenues Sept. 23, for the third annual fundraiser for the Oakmont Carnegie Library and the Oakmont Lions Club.

“It’s grown every year in both number of vehicles there as well as attendance,” said club President Nick Kokales. “We had 25 different vehicles this year. ”

Organizers estimated around 600 children participated in Touch-a-Truck.

“The kids loved it and they were walking around with plastic hats and badges,” said Beth Mellor, library director. “There’s so much work involved getting different trucks and clearances we need to do it. We split the money right down the middle. It’s a good working relationship between the two groups.”

There were ambulances, police and fire trucks, backhoes and other equipment. The most popular was the garbage truck.

Kokales said the variety of trucks and good weather helped to draw families.

“I can’t ignore the fact that it was a perfect day for it,” he said.

Fundraising totals have yet to be finalized.

Last year, the event raised $2,000 for both the library and Lions.

The event usually happens in August but Mellor said Touch-a-Truck was postponed until September this year because of various construction and paving projects.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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