JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Children’s Museum’s (JHCM) Touch-A-Truck event has become a Jackson Hole tradition; a fun family event that marks the beginning of summer and brings families together from around the community to connect and explore local trucks. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a large in-person event did not seem safe or appropriate. After careful consideration, the JHCM board of directors and staff decided to transform the Touch-A-Truck event rather than cancel it.
“More than ever, the families of our community are in need of support; in need of something to look forward to amidst the sea of cancellations,” said Jenn Dawes JHCM Board President. “After many months of social distancing and the struggles of balancing homeschooling and work, parents are looking for an outlet for their children and a way to reconnect. Touch-A-Truck seemed like the perfect opportunity to provide a variety of fun and enriching opportunities for the youth of our community.”
Looking to provide all of the discovery and connection of Touch-A-Truck in a safe environment, Jackson Hole Children’s Museum is offering three weeks of online programming leading up to a live Touch-A-Truck parade that will travel through town and several local neighborhoods.
JHCM’s 8th annual Touch-A-Truck started the week of May 18 with truck-tour videos airing on the JHCM website and Facebook page. Families can tune in from the comfort of their home to explore their favorite local trucks and sit in the driver’s seat, learn how they run, and see them in action. You can even see what it’s like to fly in a Search & Rescue helicopter or get an inside view of all the JH Airport fire trucks.
The grand finale Touch-A-Truck Parade will take place on Sunday, June 7 and can be viewed from the safety of your neighborhood. Thanks to the help of local businesses and first responders, instead of coming to see the trucks, the trucks will come to you. The parade will start at 11 am near the Town Square and travel throughout the Town before heading south to tour the South Park area, Melody Ranch and Rafter J. Parade route and time estimates are available on the JHCM website.
“Our community has come together through this difficult time to support each other and those most in need. Amidst the struggle, this has been a silver lining.” Lobdell said. “Emergency responder vehicles will be highlighted in the parade and we hope that families will come out to enjoy the parade and show their appreciation to those who serve and protect our community every day.”