Members of the JLBR Touch a Truck committee

Junior League’s Touch a Truck event rolls into BREC’s Fairgrounds

To anyone who has ever experienced the pain of stepping on a child’s Hot Wheels race car left parked on the floor—this one is for you.

This Saturday, April 30, drive over to BREC’s Fairgrounds at Airline Highway Park for the first local Touch a Truck event, a one-day, interactive experience that lets children see, touch and explore big trucks, vehicles, heavy equipment and more. They’ll also get the chance to meet the individuals who usually work behind the wheel to help serve, protect and build Baton Rouge.

Hosted by the Junior League of Baton Rouge, the event will welcome Acadian Ambulance and its EMT crew, Republic Services and Scott Equipment and others, and Patient Plus Urgent Care will distribute “Patient Plus Tote Bags.” Chick-fil-A and Capitol City Produce will provide food to keep kids energized or pacified, and The Overpass Merchant will be handing out samples of their famous grilled cheese sandwiches and mac-n-cheese, plus blue cheese, apple and candied walnut salad for parents. Victoria’s Toy Station will even hold a drawing for the “Ride On Caterpillar Digger” toy for one lucky kid to take home.

The Junior League of Baton Rouge’s Diaper Co-op is also in on the fun, hosting a diaper drive door prize drawing for a YETI Roadie 20 cooler. To enter, bring one or more packs of diapers to Touch a Truck, where volunteers can also register your organization to host its own diaper drive.

The event lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a silent hour for those sensitive to noise between 9 and 10 a.m. Tickets cost $10 for anyone more than 2 years old, and can be purchased at the fairgrounds or at