The popular Touch-a-Truck event was held at the Albion Bolton Fairgrounds on Saturday (July 20), with funds raised on the day to support a non-profit community service organization
This is the second year Fines Ford Lincoln has hosted Touch-a-Truck in support of Caledon Parent-Child Centre.
In 2018 the event raised over $10 000 in donations from people on the day, with several community partners also getting involved.
“Touch-a-Truck has been an idea our company has had for a long time, and so one day last year we decided ‘why not?’” Said Katie Fines, daughter of the president, Robert Fines.
The event was free to the public and donations were collected at the entrance. None of the profits go back to Fines Ford Lincoln – all proceeds will, instead, go to the Caledon Parent and Child Centre.
“Last year was a success and when I started making calls this year for participants I just kept hearing yes, yes and yes,” explained Fines.
The event was hands on, with tons of little kids touching everything they could on the vehicles as well as honking every horn within their reach. The event showcased a total of 37 vehicles from a variety of local vendors, businesses and community services.
There was a face painting station for kids, a school bus for kids to go into and explore. The Caledon Fire Department brought out one of their fire trucks, which was a huge hit amongst the little ones, while Caledon OPP made sure there were a few cruisers on site that they could show off. Peel Region Paramedic Services brought one of their vehicles along, while many local farmers and agriculture enthusiasts combined to put together an impressive line-up of tractors.
New this year was a mini trackless train that went around the fairground for the duration of the event, which kids could hop on and enjoy. The route intertwined through the different vehicles, giving those on board a front row seat to all the special attractions. There were also many character mascots in attendance to keep those with little interest in the trucks entertained.
Caledon Parent-Child Centre had representatives at the event in the area with the small playground, where there was sand and games for kids to play around in.
“I hope we can continue to do this event every year because it is such a huge hit within this community,” said Fines.
A mother of two little ones, Liam and Emily Myles, attended Fine Ford Lincoln Touch-a-Truck and thought it would be a great time to be introduced to the people in this community.
“We just moved here and I thought this event would be a good time for me to meet residents in the area and new friends because we only just moved here and are still ‘new’ to Bolton,” explained Jen Myles.
The event, explained Fines, is a great way for these companies to donate to a great cause and promote their own business by bringing a truck to the event and talking with community members about what their business is all about.
Fines hopes next year they will be able to host another Touch-a-Truck event, but nothing is set in stone as of right now.
Since April 1987, Fines Ford Lincoln has been the Ford and Lincoln dealer in Caledon. The business is family owned and operated.
Fine Ford Lincoln offers quality new vehicles and used cars to customers in the area.
“Anyone looking for a vehicle near Bolton will likely find what they want at our dealership,” explained Fines.
They carry a “comprehensive” line of Ford & Lincoln vehicles, including the F-150, Escape, Mustang, Explorer, Fusion, EcoSport, Expedition, Ranger and Edge. There services also include car repair, original auto parts and auto financing to help customers purchase their dream car.
Fine Ford Lincoln is located at 10 Simona Dr. Bolton, ON L7E 4C7 and are open everyday of the week except for Sundays.
Written by: Julia Lloyd