Station 1 Capt. Brian Carr shows Rafe Pennington, 5, the cab of fire truck 16 on Sunday during the seventh annual Touch-A-Truck. The event raised funds for the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, which has reopened on North Jean Street.

If you wanted to know what a stampede of small animals, say, kittens, looks like, you should have been at the Jackson Hole Children's Museum on Sunday.

The whirr of helicopter blades started in the airspace above East Jackson before the Life Flight bird floated into view above the museum's campus. The highlight of Touch-A-Truck, the museum's biggest fundraiser of the year, was the helicopter, which circled then landed in the grass as multitudes of short-legged humans ran toward, dragging their parents in tow.

Touch-A-Truck is an annual fiesta filled with horn honking, yelling and playing, but this year it was also a celebration of the museum's new space in the portables at Jackson Elementary School. The reopened museum offers some new features and some old favorites, like the Climber exhibit and the market. Kids careened around the new space with carts filled with groceries, while parents snacked on Pinky G's pizza.

The new building is just a stop on the trail for the museum, which is still looking for its "forever home," Executive Director Jean Lewis said. But educators, parents and kids were excited about what the temporary space has to offer and, of course, the plethora of trucks.

See a full story about the museum's reopening in Wednesday's Jackson Hole News&Guide.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-5902 or

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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