FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Bridgeport's beloved Barnum Festival held one of its newest events Saturday, as Touch-a-Truck made its debut at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
The event featured nearly 60 vehicles — including ambulances, the police department's Mobile Command Center, construction vehicles, motorcycles, fire trucks and big rigs. Kids were allowed to climb on and go inside all of the vehicles.
The Barnum Festival was founded in 1949 to build community spirit in the region and to pay homage to P.T. Barnum -- showman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The festival produces a series of free and low-cost events to benefit the community at large, including the Wing Ding Parade for Kids at Beardsley Zoo, The Barnum-Greater Bridgeport Symphony Pops Concert and Skyblast Fireworks at Seaside Park, and the Great Street Parade.
New events this year include a road race, and the “Barnumpalooza” at Seaside Park, which will feature music, food trucks, a beer garden and rides for kids.
The touch-a-truck event will benefit The Center for Family Justice, which serves victims of domestic and sexual violence in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Easton, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.
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