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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Town Celebrates Community, Trucks

News Chief

LAKE ALFRED - Connor Way was amazed by the size of the trucks that lined Pomelo Street during the second annual Community Day and Touch-A-Truck event, which was held in Lake Alfred on Saturday.

Way, 3, from Lake Alfred, was one of several children who got to climb aboard a Tampa Electric Company work truck and a military-style dump truck. Pomelo Street was shut down from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the event.

Way's mother, Valerie, was full of laughter as she watched her son climb onto a CAT bull dozer, but then get scared and scream to get off.

"This is great to see him having a bunch of fun on these trucks," Valerie said. "It's a great time for him."

Some other trucks on display included a garbage truck, brush truck and a Lake Alfred Fire Department fire truck. However, the fire truck was missing from the event for some time after leaving to answer an emergency call.

Local businesses set up booths and tents in the Centerstate Bank parking lot for residents to stop by and learn more about them. Lockhart Realty, Metro PCS and the Lake Alfred Community Food Pantry were just a few businesses that participated in the event.

Missy Joyce, president of the Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce, roamed around the parking lot, conversing with residents and helping out with refreshments. Joyce said she was happy to see everyone at the event.

"I think the turnout for the event has been awesome and it turned out to be a great day," Joyce said. "It's also good to see the community coming out and having some fun."

Joyce said it's good for businesses to build relationships with the residents and serve the community's needs.

"That just makes us a stronger city and group," Joyce said.

Parks and Recreation Supervisor Jeff Tillman said all the hard work to get the event ready was paying off.

"Everything went pretty smooth setting up the event," Tillman said. "This is a good turnout for us and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves."

A choir from First Presbyterian and a band from First Baptist performed at the event along with Joey Foley and the Strawberry Express Cloggers.