Touch, see and take a seat inside a variety of service vehicles at the 12th annual Touch-A-Truck event this month.

Rain or shine, Touch-A-Truck will be held on Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to noon on the soccer field of the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, located at 1700 Whiskey Road.

From hummers to bucket trucks, police cars and even a hearse, children of all ages will have the opportunity to climb inside a vehicle they may otherwise never have a chance to see up close.

“This event gives them the opportunity to interact with people who drive those vehicles, ask questions and learn more about the different types of vehicles,” said Sam Radford, recreation program coordinator with the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

This free event will also offer new entertainment, including a video game trailer from Rolling Video Games of Augusta and an interactive archery range from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Another addition will be free car seat checks sponsored by Safe Kids of Aiken County and the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Safe Kids will show drivers how to properly install car seats and advocate against leaving children inside of hot cars.

Aside from vehicles, this year’s sponsor, Molina Healthcare, will offer an inflatable fun zone, and its mascot, Dr. Cleo the Cat, will handout summer safety materials for children and parents.

Those in attendance should bring a bathing suit for the splash down at the Price Avenue picnic shelter. The Aiken Department of Public Safety will also give away free snow cones.

Radford said last year’s event brought about 2,000 guests, and the recreation department hopes this summer will bring many more.

“Every year this event grows,” Radford said. “It’s free and early on a Saturday morning, so it’s not too hot. This is such a great chance for children and their families to have a positive experience around different vehicles they may not have access to.”

Individuals who still want to participate in Touch-A-Truck Day or those who want more information can call 803-642-7631.

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.