Ashland Public Library's 20th annual Touch-A-Truck took over Main Street on Aug. 5, 2023. Families and children were encouraged to come and climb, sit in and learn to operate vehicles of all kinds.

ASHLAND โ€” The Ashland Public Library hosted its 20th annual Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday morning.

The event marks the end of the library’s summer reading program. Typically hosted in the municipal building parking lot and county parking lot, this year, the event took place on Ashland’s Main Street.

Emily King, the library’s marketing coordinator, found out this year was Touch-A-Truck’s 20th anniversary. She looked through the library’s archives and discovered the first event happened in 2003.

It’s only skipped two years during that time โ€” 2020 and 2021 โ€” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, King said.

King, who’s been at the library for four years, said organizers wanted to do something special for the 20th year. That sparked the decision to move it downtown.

“I’m just happy we were able to do it downtown this year,” King said. “There’s a lot more space and things are more spread out here.”

The event brought people of all ages to Ashland’s downtown between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. The first hour was a quiet one, where no horn honking was permitted.

For more events from the Ashland Public Library, you can visit its website: https://ashland.librarycalendar.com/events/month.

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