Hundreds of children filled Martinsville Speedway’s infield Saturday for the chance to climb in emergency response vehicles, construction equipment, school buses and even a helicopter, during the Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County’s fourth annual Touch-A-Truck.
While the day was filled with fun for the kids, it was also an educational opportunity, in more ways than one.
“We really like to give the kids the opportunity the chance to come out and experience vehicles and career paths they may not otherwise be exposed to,” Rachel Wingfield, the co-chair of the event said. “With the emergency response vehicles we want them to have an experience where they can come out and interact with the individuals who ride in those vehicles in a very positive way. With things like the school bus, if they are going to be going to school for the first time, they have the chance to hop in and get a feel for what it’s like before they go into kindergarten or preschool.”
Martinsville Speedway has seen firsthand the growth of Touch-A-Truck over the past four years.
“The Speedway has enjoyed a great relationship with the Charity League over the years and Touch-A-Truck has become one of our biggest nonracing events,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “It’s always a joy to see kinds out here, no matter the reason, having fun and that’s certainly what you get with Touch-A-Truck.”
Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway this fall with two race weekends, the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 on September 23 and the First Data 500, October 27-29.
Tickets to both weekends are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.