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“Touch a Truck” to take place Sunday, April 28 at the Loop in Watchung Reservation

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation invite families with children of all ages and adults alike to climb aboard a plethora of vehicles at this year’s “Touch a Truck” event on Sunday afternoon, April 28th. The event will run from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., weather permitting in the lower Loop parking lot of the Watchung Reservation.

There will also be a quiet hour, from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. where children sensitive to noise will be able to enjoy the vehicles on display.

“Residents of all ages will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some dynamic machines at Touch a Truck,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “They will also be able to climb aboard and experience the excitement of being behind the wheel.”

Attendees will be able to see a variety of trucks from Union County’s Department of Public Works that are used for roads, parks maintenance and various projects.

Admission to the Touch a Truck event is $5 per person, with children 6 years old and under admitted free. The price of admission also includes admission to the Wild Earth Fest.

The Wild Earth Fest allows guest to meet live animals, celebrate wildlife, learn about environmental conservation and try their hand at outdoor skills.

The Loop area is located just off Tracy Drive in Mountainside, in between Glenside Avenue and Summit Road. It features a very popular playground area for kids, and the concession stand will be open. There will also be a food truck vendor.

There will be free programs running at the Watchung Stables and Deserted Village including lead line horse rides, face painting, hayrides and stable tours. The Church/Store and Maskers Barn will also be open.

Also, Lake Surprise is just a short walk away where residents can see the dam.

Attendees can shuttle for free between the sites throughout the day.

For more information on Touch a Truck, or any event in the Union County Parks System, please visit our website at