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Touch-a-Truck event set for June 5

Fire trucks, ambulances, delivery trucks and snow-removal equipment will be among the more than 40 vehicles that children will be able to explore June 5 as part of Citywide Day of Play.

The Touch-A-Truck event will take place in The Buffalo News parking lot and will be hosted by Explore & More Children’s Museum in cooperation with of numerous sponsors.

“I am very pleased as mayor of Buffalo to join the many great sponsors of this event to provide an opportunity for children in the City of Buffalo to participate in this wonderful hands-on learning experience,” Mayor Byron W. Brown said.

“This will give our young people the opportunity to see up close and personal some of what these trucks do that they see all the time moving around the community.”

The event is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $8.

West Herr is the transportation sponsor for the event and will provide 1,000 Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority rides to the site for needy families. “Children have always been fascinated with transportation, whether it’s buses, trains or boats,” said Kimberly A. Minkel, executive director of the NFTA, one of the sponsors.

The News plans to add the annual Touch-A-Truck event to others that it holds for children, said Carol Horton, vice president of marketing and public relations for The News. “We look forward to touching a truck, and many trucks, for many years to come,” she said.

email: msommer@buffnews.com