Thank You for a Terrific Touch a Truck® Event!

Last Saturday, 1,600 people flooded The Brickyard in downtown Laurel for our 4th annual Touch a Truck® event!  We can’t thank you enough for supporting our downtown events and for your kind words throughout the day.  We loved seeing all the smiles this event brought to the faces of everyone who came!

There are so many exciting things on the horizon for downtown Laurel!  The Downtown Farmer’s Market will move to The Brickyard this summer.  From your generous support of Touch a Truck, we will be able to purchase shade sails for The Brickyard to make your summer shopping and future events more enjoyable.  We’ll also be able to continue with Phase Two of our downtown lighting project.  Thanks again for your support of Laurel Main Street’s events!

Thanks again to our generous sponsors!

BancorpSouthJones County Board of Supervisors |

Jones County Chamber of Commerce | Burroughs Companies | Community Bank |

Gilchrist, Sumrall, Yoder, Yoder, & Leggett, LLC | B Clean, LLC | Walters Construction |

Bush Construction | Dunn Roadbuilders, LLC | Neel-Schaffer |

Family Dental Center of Laurel & Waynesboro | Dixie Electric Power Association |

CenterPoint Energy | Mississippi Power Company | Suez Water

Come out to Touch a Truck this Saturday!

On Saturday, April 9th, Downtown Laurel will come alive with the rumble and roar of hard working behemoths and powerful machines. The squeals of excitement just might overpower the blaring horns and growling motors as Laurel’s littlest get a rare, up-close view of our city’s most unique and awe-inspiring trucks, emergency vehicles, utility machinery and much more!

Come out this Saturday!

Touch A Truck, presented by Laurel Main Street and our generous sponsors, will be held Saturday, April 9th, in the parking lots along Carrol Gartin Blvd in Downtown Laurel from 9am to 2pm.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for 4 for $15 at the Laurel-Jones County Library or Lee’s Coffee & Tea. Tickets will be $5 each at the gate. Laurel Main Street t-shirts will be for sale at the event – $20 for adults and $15 for kids.

Have little ones with sensitive hearing? Come out during our special “no horn hour” from 10am to 11am or 1pm-2pm to enjoy the fun without worry!

Food and beverages will be provided by McAlister’s Deli (tea) and Laurel Main Street (Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & Coca Cola Products).

Enjoy activities prepared by many of our exhibitors as well as train rides, art projects provided by the Junior Auxiliary & Laurel Jones County Library, and a child ID station by Lori Hearn State Farm.

There will be a large variety of vehicles this year!  Trucks will be organized into three categories – Tough & Tactical, Fun & Flashy and Heroes & Helpers. Each group will have workers on hand to educate children about the big jobs their vehicles help them do every day.

Don’t miss a big Touch a Truck favorite – the Baptist Life Flight helicopter will be landing right here in Downtown Laurel for everyone to explore and learn about the vital work this unique machine does for the people of Mississippi.

Parking will be available along Magnolia St, Beacon St, beside the library and throughout Downtown Laurel.

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2016 Touch A Truck Light the Downtown Project

TAT is more than just a fun event – it is the result of a combined community effort to beautify our beloved downtown and the surrounding area. Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward lighting our down town. The Light the Downtown Project is a focus to create an immersive experience while shopping downtown. Our merchants have excellent customer service, and we want to extend their hospitality beyond the doorstep. This project will create an attractive, visual environment for patrons while they shop.  It will also engage the senses to provide a uniquely southern welcome for those who experience our City Beautiful. The attractiveness of our downtown is important, but this project will also provide a safe and well lit environment for those who live, work, and shop downtown. -Larkin Simpson, EDA


2016 Sponsors

Heavy Duty

Burroughs Companies

Jones County Logo

Community Bank Logo

Tough Truck

Bush Construction Logo

BancorpSouth

Dunn Roadbuilders

Gilchrest, Sumrall, Yoder & Boone

B Clean, LLC 

Centerpoint Energy

Family Dental Center of Waynesboro

McAlister’s Deli of Laurel

Mississippi Power Company

Neel-Shaffer 

SouthGroup Insurance Services

Dixie Electric

Join us this Saturday in Downtown Laurel for the 2016 Touch A Truck event!

Don’t miss your chance to “Touch A Truck”!

This weekend Downtown Laurel will come alive with the rumble and roar of hard working behemoths and powerful machines. The squeals of excitement just might overpower the blaring horns and growling motors as Laurel’s littlest get a rare, up-close view of our city’s most unique and awe-inspiring trucks, emergency vehicles, utility machinery and much more!

Come out this Saturday!

Touch A Truck, presented by Laurel Main Street and the Mississippi Department of Transportation, will be held this Saturday, April 11, in the parking lots along Carrol Gartin Blvd in Downtown Laurel from 9am to 1pm.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for 4 for $15 at the Laurel Welcome Center (First National Bank), the Laurel-Jones County Library, Lee’s Coffee & Tee or from any Laurel Main Street TAT committee member. Tickets will be $5 each at the gate. Touch A Truck t-shirts will be for sale at the event – $20 for adults and $15 for kids.

Have little ones with sensitive hearing? Come out during our special “no horn hour” from 10am to 11am to enjoy the fun without worry!

Food and beverages will be provided by McAlister’s Deli (tea), Sweet Daddy’s Kettle Corn, Landrum’s Country Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Seal’s Concessions (Hamburgers, Hot Dogs Sausage Dogs, Chili Cheese Fries & Coca Cola Products), and local Girl Scouts (cookies).

Enjoy activities prepared by many of our exhibitors as well as train rides, Mr. Silly Socks balloon animals, art projects provided by the JA & LJCL, a child id station by Lori Hearn State Farm and a special story time inside the library at 11am and 1pm.

Trucks will be organized into three categories – Tough & Tactical, Fun & Flashy and Heroes & Helpers. Each group will have workers on hand to educate children about the big jobs their vehicles help them do every day.

Don’t miss a big Touch a Truck favorite – the Baptist Life Flight helicopter will be landing right here in Downtown Laurel for everyone to explore and learn about the vital work this unique machine does for the people of Mississippi.

Parking will be available along Magnolia St, Beacon St, beside the library and throughout Downtown Laurel.

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2015 Touch A Truck Facade & Amenities Project

Harrison Pickering Eagle Scout Candidate

Harrison Pickering
Eagle Scout Candidate

TAT is more than just a fun event – it is the result of a combined community effort to beautify our beloved downtown and the surrounding area. Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward a tree-planting and landscaping project along Carrol Gartin Blvd. With the cooperation of the City of Laurel, The Laurel-Jones County Library, The Junior Auxiliary of Laurel and Eagle Scout candidate Harrison Pickering, this long-awaited project is soon to become a reality.
Harrison Pickering will be on hand during the event to describe the project in detail and to answer questions about his role in selecting the trees and other foliage and how the planting process will be carried out. Be sure to reach out to him to learn more about the Carrol Gartin Blvd project!


2015 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Big Rig Sponsor

Mississippi Department of Transportation

Heavy Duty Sponsor

Burroughs Companies

Steam Rolling Sponsor

B Clean, LLC

Tough Truck Sponsors

Hellfighters Motorcycle Shop Mississippi Power Company Dunn Roadbuilders Gilchrest, Sumrall, Yoder & Boone

Handy Helper Sponsors
CenterPoint Energy
Dixie Electric Power Association

Family Dental of Waynesboro
McAlister’s Deli
Neel-Schaffer
Pro Flow Motorsports, LLC
ServiceMaster Restore
Tutoring Club of Laurel

EXHIBITORS

American Red Cross
B‐Clean
Brian Ginn State Farm
Burroughs Diesel
Bush Construction
CenterPoint Energy
Chancellor’s Motor Group
City of Ellisville, Fire Department
City of Laurel, Fire Department
City of Laurel, Police Department
City of Laurel, Public Works
Coca Cola
Dixie Electric Power
Dunn Roadbuilders LLC
EMServ Ambulance Service Ambulance
Headrick’s Sign Company
Hellfighters Motorcycle Shop
Jonathan Davis
Jones County Sheriff’s Department
Jones Sales & Service
Laurel Ford
Laurel Limo
Laurel Machine & Foundry
Mississippi Army National Guard
Mississippi Power Company
MMC Concrete
Powers Fire & Rescue
Pro Flow Motor Sports
Service Master
Space Tag
UPS ‐ United Parcel Service

Join us this Saturday in Downtown Laurel for the 2015 Touch A Truck event!

Calling all Touch a Truck sponsors and exhibitors – register now!

10456211_838300312865105_1414862576204606776_nRemember the awe you once held for larger-than-life machines going about their seemingly-impossible tasks? A fire truck racing down a street; thinking how fun a dump truck would be to operate; wondering just how many Lego you could fit in a limo or if you would ever get to sit in the bucket of a tractor?

On Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Downtown Laurel, your business or organization could be a part of an event that brings out that curious child inside us all.

This event will be heavily advertised throughout the area.

Everyone will be ready to Touch A Truck! Will you be there, ready to greet them? You don’t want to miss this fun and educational opportunity to reach families throughout Jones County!

What is Touch a Truck?

Laurel Main Street’s Touch A Truck event gives local children and adults alike a chance to fulfill those childhood curiosities while learning and interacting with the businesses of the community. Touch A Truck is different than a car show. Kids can interact with not only the trucks, but with the “heroes” that drive and operate them. They can hear the sirens, watch the tractor bucket move, and learn about the safety of the vehicles through fun, interactive games. Last year’s most popular exhibitors were those who provided an activity, or had staff on hand to describe the inner workings of their biggest and best machines.

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At this year’s Touch a Truck event your business can win the hearts of a multitude of children and adults while giving them a glimpse into the inner workings of these awe-inspiring behemoths and the vital tasks they perform.

Be a Touch a Truck Exhibitor!

Are you ready to show your vehicles off to all of Laurel and engage your business in the community? Be an exhibitor! We’re looking for any and all unique trucks & equipment, big or small.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 27, 2015 – Click here to get registration forms

Exhibitor Info

  • FREE to exhibit
  • $50 refundable deposit
  • Vehicle attendants will have lunch and facilities provided inside the Library.
  • Promotional materials appropriate for children, such as banners, stickers and giveaways, are strongly encouraged.
  • If applicable, tickets to the event (for company employees, guests, etc.) will be provided before the event.
  • The Touch a Truck Sponsorship Form, Payment, Letter of Agreement and Certificate of Liability Insurance must be received 20 days prior to the event in order to participate.

Types of Vehicles Needed

  • Unique/Rare/Novelty (Limos, monster trucks, antique trucks)
  • Construction (Cement & dump trucks, cement rollers, etc)
  • Emergency (Ambulances, sheriff & police vehicles, fire trucks & equipment, etc)
  • Farm Equipment (Big tractors, plows, etc)
  • Commercial (Postal, delivery, 18-wheelers, etc)
  • Military (All types)
  • Recreational (4-wheelers, motorcycles, etc)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 27, 2015 – Click here to get registration forms

Be a Touch a Truck Sponsor!

If you don’t have a vehicle that your company can show off or want to contribute further to the success of this great event, you can join the fun as an event sponsor!

Sponsors and exhibitors will not only contribute to a fun and educational day downtown, but will also help to support the Laurel Main Street Facade & Amenities Grant projects. Funds raised from this event will go directly to plant rows of trees along Carrol Gartin Boulevard that will serve to camouflage the backs of the buildings and add natural beauty to the downtown area.

Sponsors may bring banners, signage, decorations and giveaways to promote their business!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 27, 2015 – Click here to get registration forms

Become a Big Rig Sponsor:

  • $2,500
  • Sponsor Name on Promo Materials
  • Sponsor mention in all radio and TV advertising
  • Logo/Sponsor name on Event Signage
  • Acknowledgement as Presenting Sponsor Day of Event
  • Sponsor Name on all Event Press Releases
  • Sponsor Name/Logo on website
  • Sponsor Name/Logo on Thank You Ad
  • No fee for booth or vehicle space
  • 10 complimentary tickets

Become a Heavy Duty Sponsor:

  • $1,000
  • Sponsor Name on Promo Materials
  • Logo/Sponsor name on Event Signage
  • Acknowledgement as Sponsor Day of Event
  • Sponsor Name on all Event Press Releases
  • Sponsor Name/Logo on website
  • Sponsor Name/Logo on Thank You Ad
  • No fee for booth or vehicle space
  • 8 Complimentary Tickets

Steam Rolling Sponsor

  • $750
  • Sponsor Name on Promo Materials
  • Sponsor Name on all Event Press Releases
  • Sponsor Name/Logo on website
  • Sponsor Name/Logo on Thank You Ad
  • No fee for booth or vehicle space
  • 6 Complimentary Tickets

Tough Truck Sponsor

  • $500
  • Sponsor Name on Event Press Releases
  • Sponsor Name/Logo on Website
  • Sponsor Name on Thank You Ad
  • No fee for booth or vehicle space
  • 4 Complimentary Tickets

Handy Helper Sponsor

  • $250
  • Sponsor Name on Thank You Ad
  • No fee for booth or vehicle space
  • 2 Complimentary Tickets

Register now to claim your spot as a Touch a Truck exhibitor or sponsor!

Download the Event Forms

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