Between delighted shrieks and blaring horns, there was no shortage of volume on King Street this past Sunday.

It was all in the name of fun, as kids manned the driver’s seat for a day during the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum’s 4th annual Touch-a-Truck.

The event offered young patrons and their families a chance to grab onto several gigantic guests, including a garbage truck, Zamboni, steamroller and ambulance.

This year a new star stole the show without setting wheels on the pavement.

Air Idaho Rescue sent over a helicopter that captured the attention of many excited guests, like 8-year-old Davis Moen.

“I might have to say the helicopter was my favorite,” Davis said after a lengthy deliberation on his vehicle of choice.

Davis was also quick to mention that he had climbed in every vehicle except his last target, “the green one,” also known as Jackson Hole Airport’s Crash 2 Fire Engine.

Crash 2 caused perhaps the day’s most memorable scene, one that event director and museum co-Founder KJ Morris could not recall without laughing.

“A kid went into Crash and was looking for the horn and pressed the water button,” Morris said. “It soaked all of the board members that were right in front standing around.”

For Morris the hilarious moment was part of a meaningful day for the community.

“The kids and some of the big kids — adults — they just light up when they see these trucks,” Morris said. “This community rocks, and days like today kind of prove it.”

Attendance topped Morris’ expectations, as about 800 visitors stopped by to enjoy food and face painting, push horns and levers, and talk to vehicle operators, the onsite superheroes.

“The questions kids ask and conversations these huge vehicles evoke are amazing,” museum director Jean Lewis said. “They learn a lot about the community and what it means to be a firefighter or policeman.”

Whatever the occupation, the tiny attendees got a rare glimpse at the wheels, gears and horns behind the work, making for a noisy and memorable Sunday.

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