Spotty downpours and ominous skies couldn’t keep more than a thousand guests away from O&G’s second Touch a Truck event. Open to friends, family and community, they came from across Connecticut, many with a caravan of kids in tow, to participate in the lively event on Saturday morning, May 7.
Twenty-five O&G vehicles and another 12 guest vehicles – mixers, loaders, dump trucks, sweepers, ambulances and police cars – were available to explore at the South Main Maintenance Facility in Torrington. Steering wheels spun, lights flashed and air horns blasted at the command of tiny hands.
In addition to the equipment, the event featured youth activities like hay rides, face painting, frisbee toss and sand art. The Torrington Fire Department also brought its “smoke house” to help put an accent on safety.
More than 50 volunteers organized, manned and took down the event. Special credit goes to organizers Mike Ferry, Terry Creighton and Seth Duke. Thanks also to Jim Zambero and the South Main team of Bob Puzacke, Alan Tracy, Doug Owens, Jonathan Famiglietti, Rich Thibault, Mike Santopietro, Mike Castle and Dave Zambero. Behind the scenes they handled all the site and vehicle preparation that made the event a spectacular ending to O&G’s Safety Week activities.
O&G Safety Director Mike Ferry was pleased with the event that capped off Safety Week. “O&G has a strong commitment to safety, families and community. Touch a Truck is a perfect marriage of the three. Our intent is to reinforce the message that working safely is about being able to return home to your family.”
Plans for an expanded event next year are already being made.