Lights flared and sirens blared as thousands flocked to the Mitchell Park Sports and Community Centre for Touch a Truck on Friday.
After a three-year lay off due to Covid, the family-friendly event returned bigger and better than ever with more than 40 trucks on display and a range of other activities.
The event got underway at 9.30am as thousands filled the MPSCC oval to get a closer look at their favourite vehicles.
Mayor of Marion Kris Hanna said it was a resounding success.
“We had around 10,000 people at the Mitchell Park Sports and Community Centre on Friday. Touch a Truck was a huge success,” he said.
“It was a joy to see the smiles on the faces of the kids, and the adults, as they got up close and personal with so many vehicles.”
The fire truck, police vehicle and sea squadron boat were among the most popular sites at the event with families queuing throughout the day to take a closer look.
It was also a great chance for organisations based in the City of Marion to showcase themselves to the community.
The Infinitus Aero team – based at Edwardstown – had its E22 Spark fixed wing aircraft on display.
Chief marketing Officer Diana Williams said they were proud to participate in the event.
“The event gave us the opportunity to show people our project is real; it's building momentum, taking shape and our first test flight is now within 90 days,” she said.
“We had everyone from excited 'little' community members to 'big' ones all wanting to learn about electric aviation, and the event gave us the chance to answer many questions and receive support for our local business.”
Edwardstown resident Allan Kane said his boys – aged three and six – loved the variety of different vehicles on display.
“Even just getting in the City of Marion water car, that was the first thing we did and they loved it,” he said.
“It’s the first time we’ve come out to a Touch a Truck event. The boys are really focused on anything that moves, so they are absolutely loving it.”
Mayor Hanna thanked all the different community organisations for getting behind Touch a Truck.
“It was great to host the critical emergency service crews, not-for-profit organisations, businesses and of course the Marion Council team,” he said.
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