Children and adults at last year’s Touch-a-Truck line up to see the Bayfront Medical Center helicopter.
LARGO – Each year, the city of Largo’s Touch-a-Truck event gets bigger, with thousands of children and their parents attending to climb, honk and play around in a variety of vehicles.
The 19th annual Touch-a-Truck – held Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Largo Central Park – wlll feature fire trucks, dump trucks, motorcycles, buses, a Bayflight helicopter and more. The free, family-friendly event has attracted 12,000 to 15,000 people to Largo Central Park in past years.
All ages are welcome. Children of all ages can enjoy inflatables, train rides along Largo Central Railroad, Rocketship Car rides around the block and a delicious food court in the middle of the park. Wristbands, on sale for $5, will be required for some activities including inflatables and Rocketship Car ride.
Limited on-site parking is available, and park and walk will be offered from Largo Middle and High School.
Along with the event, the city will host its second annual outdoor communitywide business expo. Learn about services, products and programs that local businesses and the city can offer.
This year, Touch-a-Truck won’t be held in conjunction with Florida Clown Day, which was a partnership with the city of Largo and the nonprofit group, Uptown Clown Alley, since the park first opened 17 years ago. In exchange for use of the city’s facilities during the event, the clowns provided entertainment. Also, throughout the year, the city provided meeting and class space for the group, and the clowns agreed to participate in other city-sponsored events.
“The clown group came to enjoy special treatment that frankly was not in line with the fee ordinance nor with the treatment of any other group partnering with the city,” wrote Parks, Arts, and Recreation Director Joan Byrne in response to the issue in October.
The clowns contended, in a letter to a local publication, that their costs for participating in the city’s events, combined with the facility fees the city wanted to impose, outweighed the benefits the city offered.
The groups were not able to come to a mutually beneficial agreement for this year’s event.