Hernando Excel by 5's Touch-A-Truck event was held today at the U.S. National Guard Armory on McCracken Road. Several utility, first responders and law enforcement vehicles were stationed in the parking lot for little tykes to put their hands all over. Representatives with Hernando Fire Department, Hernando Police Department, DeSoto County Sheriff's Department, DeSoto County Search and Rescue, Northcentral Electric Cooperative, Waste Connections and First Regional Library System invited kids to climb, push buttons, open doors, honk horns, flip switches and explore the various service vehicles. Other entertainment included a K9 unit with its handler for people to see, free hot dogs and refreshments, a kids archery range and bounce area. JD Cox with Northcentral Electric Cooperative, along with his team, brought two bucket trucks for kids to play in. "The thing that's cool about this, when kids have things and they're told 'Don't touch this!' or 'Don't touch that!' where's the fun the that?" Cox said. "Today we're telling them touch it! Crawl all over it! Get in there! That's what's so cool about it." The First Regional Library Book-mobile was at the event. Jesse Pool, head librarian at James F. Anderson Public Library in Hernando, had counted 482 visitors to the book-mobile at 11:43 a.m.

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