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Touch-a-Truck returns to area

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Fundraiser helps send kids with disabilities to camp

BANGOR - The parking lot at the Cole Transportation Museum will be packed next week with excavators, race trucks, safety vehicles and dozens of other cool big rigs for the second annual Touch-A-Truck event. It's a fundraiser that was started last year as way to help send kids with disabilities to Camp CaPella in Holden.

"My 14-year-old daughter with down syndrome goes to camp there and loves it," said Michelle Harmon, event organizer. "It costs $1,500 per week, per child, for overnight camp. They have a nursing staff 24/7, a cook, office staff and counselors who are just awesome and do what needs to be done. But they're on a shoe string and everything we can do to help, we should."

That's why so many folks from different occupations volunteer their time and vehicles to participate in this event. It's a fair for kids (including those of us who are kids at heart) to benefit kids.

"Last year's event was way bigger than we expected and I think the adults were surprisingly entertained as much as the kids," said Harmon.

This year will be just as big. Fairgoers will be able to get up close to vehicles they're only used to seeing in their matchbox collection. From humvees to forestry vehicles and fire trucks to buses, they'll be a huge variety of trucks to climb on, look inside and explore.

"We're going to have the Anah Shrine clowns coming and a little train called the Roaming Railroad out of New Hampshire there. It's a trackless train, almost like a go cart, with a train on top of it," explained Harmon.

There will also be food available, a bounce house and free admission into the Cole Museum that day for those attending the Touch-A-Truck event. The fair is Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $20 for a family.

"It's pretty neat and it's good for everyone who does it - and it's certainly good for Camp CaPella," said Harmon.

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