Planes, trucks and cars on the Touch A Truck / Fly-In
In addition to getting up close and personal with planes, trucks and cars, the annual Touch A Truck / Fly-In also offers the opportunity to help young neighbors who fell victim to last month’s devastating floods.
Dickson Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce its 16th Touch A Truck and Dickson County Municipal Airport is hosting its 8th Fly-In at the Dickson County Municipal Airport-Pack Field on October 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm , 2372 Sylvia Road. The event is free and discounted.
As part of Touch A Truck, children of all ages can experience all kinds of emergency vehicles. The fly-in will also bring a variety of light aircraft into the experience.
The event will also host a Toy Drive to help the victims of the August 21 flood that devastated Waverly, killed 20 people and displaced many residents from their homes. Participants can bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate. Tennsco Corp. provides a trailer for fundraising and the Parks and Recreation Department is accepting donations through December 1st. The donated toys will be distributed to children in Waverly in time for Christmas.
From fire engines, police cars, motorcycles and ambulances to dump trucks, construction machinery and tractors, Touch A Truck gives children the chance to experience these vehicles up close.
In 2018, the Parks and Recreation Department relocated Touch A Truck from J. Dan Buckner Park to Dickson County Municipal Airport-Pack Field to co-expand into the aviation arena with its annual fly-in. The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re ready to bring the fun and excitement of Touch A Truck back to the kids,” said Tabitha Jennette, program coordinator for the Dickson Parks and Recreation Department. “This has been one of our most popular events for children and adults for 15 years. Now Toy Drive gives us the chance to help our neighbors who went through an unbelievable tragedy. “
Touch A Truck will include a kid zone with an inflatable slide, face painting and a balloon artist.
Dickson County’s airport manager Mike Gallagher said some of the pilots who will be participating in the fly-in have agreed to offer a limited number of air travel. Tickets for the airline tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis for USD 20 per person until all available airports are occupied.
As there is only a limited number of parking spaces at the airport, Touch A Truck and Fly-In participants will park at the south end of the runway in a field near the airport market at 2306 Sylvia Road. Jennette said there will be signs directing people to the parking lot and three buses will take people to and from the airport throughout the event.
Dickson County Municipal Airport-Pack Field created the fly-in as part of an annual celebration of the 2nd century of flight in 2012. During the annual celebrations, the airport inaugurated its Aviation Wall of Fame.
In 2019 the late Buford L. “Booty” Reed was hung on the wall. As a longtime Dickson County Commissioner, Reed served and helped the Dickson Airport Authority grow and operate. Reed joined Garland Pack, Bruce Peery, Larry Horn and Lt. Col. Glenn Hicks as a pioneer and contributor in the aviation industry. The airfield at Dickson County Municipal Airport was inaugurated as Pack Field in 1999, in honor of the Dickson native who built a biplane in downtown Dickson to become a Barnstormer, then flew supply missions through the Himalayas and a pioneer in the World War II Glider technology was. Peery was a bomber pilot in World War II; Horn flew a B-23 Liberator in World War II; and Hicks flew a P24 fighter jet during World War II. Gallagher said there would be no Wall of Fame induction in 2021.
For more information on the 16th Annual Touch A Truck, contact the Dickson Parks and Recreation Department at 615-446-1721. For more information on the 8th Annual Fly-In, please contact Dickson Municipal Airport at 615-446-6611.