Kids are all over bulldozer, NASCAR simulator at Touch-A-Truck

ccope@thestate.comApril 5, 2014 

— Every few seconds, a loud honk or siren went off in the State Farmers Market in West Columbia on Saturday.

Kids and adults of all ages were getting up close to all kinds of vehicles from old military and farm equipment to a NASCAR simulator, a bulldozer and a dump truck as part of the Columbia Junior League’s Touch-A-Truck fundraiser.

“It’s completely hands-on, and we want to give these children a chance to meet the people who build serve and protect here in the Midlands,” said Connelly-Anne Ragley, cochair of the event.

Ryan Flynt, a crane operator, lifted kids into the cockpit of a crane and tilted it back.

He said watching the kids was priceless.

“Reminds me of me when I was a kid, which I still am,” Flynt said.

Brothers Caleb Merritt, 5, and Ezra Merritt, 2, took turns in the crane.

“They love trucks,” their mom, Laurie Merritt, said. They like any kind of construction vehicles or fire trucks, she said.

Touch-A-Truck was just one way people were getting out of doors on Saturday, the first sunny, warm Saturday of spring in the Midlands.

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