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Love a truck? Get to Mills River

MILLS RIVER — Kids who love trucks ought to hurry out to the new Mills River Town Park Saturday for the first Touch a Truck event.


Sponsored by the Mills River branch of the Henderson County library, the event will feature Nascar racecars, police cars, dump trucks, fire trucks, combines, tractors and many other varieties of trucks and farm vehicles that youngsters can look at, touch, climb on and pose with.

MIlls River library director Brittany Smith said the community and Town Council have been very cooperative in helping put on the event.

People and organizations bringing vehicles include Nascar legend Jack Ingram of Asheville, former Nascar driver Robert Pressley, whose father, Ken, is bringing the stock car; Dale Reese Grading, the Hendersonville police and fire departments and the National Guard. The Etowah Lions Club is bringing a garbage truck. "Yes, they will clean it," she said. "All the farmers made sure all the chemicals were washed off the vehicles because they knew kids would be touching them."

She said Mayor Roger Snyder and council members Lios Pryor, Shanon Gonce, Wayne Carland and larry Freeman had all joined in to help. "Wayne's bringing a tractor, Roger's bringing a tractor," she said of Councilman Wayne Carland and Mayor Roger Snyder. "Shanon got the racecar. Lois was my contact was for Pepsi and Larry's had it on the radio all day."

The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pepsi has donated soft drinks and water for event.