Sour Lake’s first Touch-A-Truck was held at Lions Club Park on Saturday, June 17. Hosted by the Sour Lake Chamber of Commerce, the family-friendly event offered snow cones, bounce houses, face painting; and of course, trucks and other specialty vehicles.
Excited children had the opportunity to explore all kinds of vehicles including tractors, fire trucks, school buses, law enforcement vehicles and more. The most popular activity for the kids in these vehicles seemed to be horn honking and spraying water from the fire truck hoses.
In addition to all of the trucks and vehicles, there was an Air Rescue helicopter that gave everyone a thrill when it took to flight when called to duty during the event.
Vehicles were provided by Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Sour Lake Police Department, Hardin County Constable, Neff Brothers, Waste Connections, Coastal Ready-Mix, Bennett Construction, Jefferson County ESD 3, Sour Lake Lions Club, Wrangler Wireline.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Mike Boone was in attendance with his truck. County and city officials participated in the fun, including Sour Lake Mayor Bruce Robinson, Sour Lake City Manager Zeke Provost, and Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis.
The Sour Lake Volunteer Fire Department was on hand selling fish plates and links in order to raise funds for new equipment for the department. Assistant Fire Chief Eugene Griffin was busy frying fish for the line of hungry people.
There were special shirts for sale, Debbie’s Wonder Warriors, to benefit Griffin’s sister who is currently battling breast cancer. Debbie Tucker does not have medical insurance to help with the cost of treatments and so the community is coming together to try to raise money to help her in this battle. Their next fundraising event will be held on Sunday, July 9 at the Saratoga Fire Department, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Throughout the park, numerous businesses and organizations set up booths providing information and activities. Some of those included Sour Lake Lions Club, Waste Connections, First Baptist Church- Sour Lake, and KAT Excavation and Construction.
Many people not only came to enjoy the festivities, but also to give. LifeShare Blood Centers had their donation bus available for those wanting to donate.
Rebecca Gardiner, Executive Director of the Sour Lake Chamber of Commerce says they plan to make this an annual event for the community.