Touch-A-Truck involves tribal and local organizations

The Débénwéthêk Parent Group hosted their third annual Touch-A-Truck event the morning of Saturday, August 17, as part of the Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce's Rod and Roll Auto Show. Children and their families were invited to get up close to a variety of vehicles brought by local organizations.

One hundred twenty community members walked through the lineup of vehicles, and each child who visited all the vehicles received a cookie decorated by Bakers Rhapsody. 

Reagan Orvis and her brother Bo had a great time at the event. When asked what her favorite part was, Reagan replied, "I liked driving all the cars, turning on the police car lights, and petting Nellie!" Bo responded, "My favorite part was getting in the bucket of the loader. It was so steep and tall. I didn't know that before!"

This event was created for that very reason, so kids can learn about vehicles they might never see otherwise. Not only were they having fun, but they were also learning about how the vehicles worked and what they do.

The Débénwéthêk Parent Group would like to thank all drivers and community organizations that provided vehicles for this event. Without the participation of the below entities, this event would not be possible:

  • Pokagon Band Tribal Police Department
  • Pokagon Band DNR
  • Pokagon Band Grounds Department
  • Cass County Sheriff's Office: Nellie the Bloodhound and Officer Tiffany Graves
  • Cass County Road Commission
  • True's Towing
  • Ausra Equipment
  • Dowagiac Fire Department
  • Dowagiac Police Department
  • Indian Lake Fire Department
  • Doe Wah Jack Canoe Rentals

We would also like to thank the Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce and Rod and Roll Auto Show Committee for allowing us to participate in the Auto Show for the second year. 

If you would more information on how you can get involved in the Débénwéthêk Parent Group, please contact Autumn Laraway at or (269) 462-4327.