WINCHESTER – More than 350 families got up close and personal with some heavy-duty engines Sat., June 10 during the third annual Touch-a-Truck fundraiser for the Dundas Youth Centre in Winchester.

Grayson Durant hopped onto the mini four-wheeler.

Kennedy Elshof (above) was among hundreds of local kids who explored the ice resurfacer, one of many heavy-duty engines on display at the third annual Touch-a-Truck fundraiser. Press Photos – Gosselin

The parking lot at the Joel Steele Community Centre was transformed into motor-mania, with several tractors, a fire engine, a school bus, a military tank, a transport cab, an ice resurfacer, and a handful of municipal trucks on display for the kids to explore and learn about.

The popular event ended up generating $3,197 in support of the ever-expanding youth programs offered at the local Glengarry Inter-Agency Group’s centre.

“We’ve had amazing stats lately – up to 40 kids show up every night for our youth programs offered three times a week,” said the centre’s acting youth co-ordinator, Jessica Carty. “It’s growing like crazy, we’ve been breaking a lot of records, so funding is really important for us right now. Especially if we want to go do
fieldtrips in the summer, and our annual camping trip in August.”

For the first time this year, nearly 10 vendors set up shop for the adults to check out while the kids explored the vehicles, played games, completed the firemen’s obstacle course, and got their faces painted.

A barbecue was also ongoing, with hotdogs and canteen items donated by Mountain’s House of Lazarus.

Carty Appraisals of Winchester, Beckstead Heavy Equipment of Ingleside, and Dan Pettigrew from Winchester’s Foodland were this year’s event sponsors.