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Touch a Truck returns to riverfront

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Michael Krabbenhoeft/
The Pink Heals organization drives pink emergency vehicles across the country to help spread awareness of breast cancer. Each vehicle is named after someone who has been touched by cancer. “Leslie,” named after a police officer who lost her life to cancer in 2009, will be in attendance Aug. 2 during the Touch a Truck event along the Rock Falls riverfront.

ROCK FALLS – The Optimist Club of Rock Falls will host the 2014 Touch a Truck event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at the remains of the Reliant Fastener property on the riverfront.

This year, Antique Archaeology, the business featured on the TV show “American Pickers,” will bring its Sprinter van. Robbie Wolfe, brother of the show’s star, Mike Wolfe, will be in attendance.

Pink Heals, an organization that tours the country supporting women affected by cancer, will bring its vehicle, “Leslie.” The pink fire truck is named after a police officer who lost her battle with cancer in 2009. “Leslie” was one of several Pink Heals vehicles to visit the riverfront July 7.

Emergency vehicles will be on display from Rock Falls and Sterling police and fire departments, CGH Ambulance, and the Whiteside County Sheriff Department. Organizers also are expecting a Life Flight helicopter. 

The Illinois State Police will have its vehicle rollover simulator on display. 

Covell Racing will have a junior dragster and a mud-racing truck. Cole Motorsports and Fearless Racing will have race cars displayed.

Gieson Motorsports will have several products displayed, including all-terrain vehicles.

The will be many more displays from local business and organizations.

Proceeds from sales of hot dogs, pork chop sandwiches, and Selmi’s sweet corn will go to local Optimist youth programs.

The first 250 kids will receive a free toy, sponsored in part by The Loop Barbershop in Rock Falls.

For more information, contact John Watts at or 815-631-3012, or find the Optimist Club on Facebook.

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