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|An annual event put on by the City of Galesburg lets local kids get the chance to possibly see some of the equipment they might get to use when they grow up.
The City's Recreation Division hosted its 10th annual "Touch a Truck" event Wednesday at Lake Storey. Area businesses and organizations showed off their vehicles, ranging from bucket trucks from the City and Ameren, to the Galesburg Fire Department's ladder truck, to even a big, brown, U.P.S. truck, and WGIL's Mobile Studio.
But one of the more unique funds might have been a really big pickup truck that Tina Stegall was in front of.
"We brought the 'Gator Hunter' Truck," Stegall said. "It's a mud truck that you race through a bog and drags."
The truck was decked out with large tires and even some gator-related items that Stegall tells WGIL the kids really seemed to enjoy.
"We've got a bunch of different alligators around it," Stegall said. I've a real, live, alligator head that the kids have been getting a kick out of. It's off a nine-and-a-half foot alligator that came from Florida."
No, Stegall says it wasn't an alligator her or her family caught, but rather, an alligator head they purchased.
The Knox County Farm Bureau was one of the organizations taking part. Teresa Sanford is better known to local school kids as "Miss Aggie." She brought a livestock trailer to the event, letting kids see inside and walk through it -- she says, as a way to compare it to how they get to school every day on a school bus.
Sanford tells WGIL that, and the chance the students also got to milk a simulated cow, were important for a group that likely might not have learned much else about where things like their breakfast come from.
"Even though we kind of consider (Galesburg) a rural area, when I go into the classrooms and I ask the kids how many live on a farm, there are very few that raise their hand," Sanford said. "They really don't have any experience with agriculture, and they don't understand how important agriculture is to them."
Sanford says she likes to tell kids to pretend there is no American farmer, but that they want something like milk. Sanford says she'd then tell them they'll need a lot of yard space, and they'll have to remember to feed, clean, and milk the cow every day.
She says the kids then come away with a greater understanding of how important agriculture is to them, even if they may never actually see a farm.
City officials say around a thousand kids attended this year -- much higher than the numbers they say they had last year.
SCENES FROM "TOUCH A TRUCK"
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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