Fun Fest: Touch of a bygone era

By on September 3, 2010

by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—“Everybody loves a fire truck,” said Maple Park Fire Chief Kevin Peterson. “It’s the fascination of it.”

For the last four years, Peterson has found different ways for Maple Park Fun Fest goers to get close to different kinds of fire engines in his Touch-a-Truck event.

This year, it’s antique trucks.

“We invited other departments to bring their antique trucks,” Peterson said. “Kids can come over and play on them, and adults as well can look at them up close.”

Kaneville, Elburn, Burlington, Hampshire, Big Rock and Maple Park fire departments will display their antique fire engines from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, and some will be in the parade at 6 p.m.

This year’s Touch-a-Truck will allow people to see how fire trucks work and learn about the ways fires were fought in the past.

New trucks also will be featured among the vehicles on display. The public will select the Best in Show by paper ballot.

Adding to the excitement, a Lifeline helicopter is scheduled to land next to the fire station at 2:30 p.m. The public will have a chance to see it up close and ask questions.

New and antique fire engine display
2 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 4
Maple Park Fire Department