PITTSFIELD — Fire trucks, Army and Air Force vehicles and a giant highway snowblower should rev up the August edition of Third Thursday.
More than a dozen public safety, commercial and military transports will line a section of North Street for the downtown street festival's first-ever "Touch A Truck."
Thursday's featured attraction offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore working trucks of all types and to meet the people who build, protect and serve the Pittsfield community.
"Usually, this type of event is a fundraiser, but this one is free to all," said Pittsfield's Cultural development Director Jen Glockner.
Vintage and modern trucks, emergency vehicles, and specialized mobile equipment will line North Street from Bradford to Linden streets.
The David J. Tierney Jr. Inc. construction company will show off one of their more dependable, hard working trucks — a forklift.
"Given Tierney owns Hotel on North, we felt this was a good way to show off the construction side of the company," said the firm's project manager, Michele Butler. "[Touch A Truck] is a nice way for businesses to get involved with Third Thursday."
Bob Szczepaniak of Village Truck Sales in Lanesborough is brining a 1978 Oshkosh snowblower for clearing roads in the winter and a 1990 International recovery truck. The latter is the county's only all-wheel drive towing vehicle Szczepaniak and his family owned business bought two years ago.
"It's our mountain rescue truck in the winter — mud and snow doesn't stop us," he said.
Live entertainment, plenty of food and other interesting activities abound as usual for Third Thursday, a three-hour block party — that is tobacco free and pedestrian-friendly — on North Street from Park Square to Linden Street and Maplewood Avenue.
Misty Blues will be rocking the main stage at Persip Park for the entire 5-8 p.m. time slot. Third Thursday organizers felt the musical group of blues, blues infused folk, gospel, classic rock and funk deserved to be a solo act, as Persip Park usually hosts 2-3 acts on Third Thursday.
"Gina Coleman [lead vocalist] and Misty Blues are such abig draw and can easily wow a crowd for three hours," Glockner said.
The Palace Park stage will feature the Berkshire Highlanders and Pittsfield City Hoopla!. Rock On! performs at the corner of North and School Streets with The Crowne Plaza will host live music and a chef station outside on the South Street side of the hotel.
More than 100 vendors plan to pitch their canopies and line the half-mile stretch. Jim Horsford returns for his popular pottery wheel demonstration. Roaming Railroad miniature train rides are back, as is the Community Art Tent and Outdoor Chalk Art Gallery. The Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club will host its Fun Zone that includes a bean bag toss, arts and crafts.
IF YOU GO ...
• “Touch a TrucK” makes its debut as 11 local public safety, commercial and military entities showcase all types of heavy-duty vehicles on North Street from Bradford to Linden streets.
• Misty Blues performs for the entire 5- 8 p.m. on the main stage, Persip Park, corner of North and Columbus Avenue.
• Additional live entertainment, dozens of vendors, miniature train rides, and other special activities fill the tobacco-free, pedestrian-friendly North Street venue from Park Square to Maplewood Avenue.
• For more information, go online at www.discoverpittsfield. com/3rdthursdays
Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233