PHOTOS: Touch-a-Truck and Florida Clown Day Event

Organizers say perfect weather and a variety of contributors made the family event one of the best ever. Were you there? Take photos? Add them to our gallery!

While a blizzard raged in the Northeast, there were nothing but blue skies and smiling faces at Largo Central Park on Saturday for the annual Touch-a-Truck and Florida Clown Day event.

Thousands of people poured into the park to see all the vehicles, businesses and vendors that participated in the 18th edition of the family friendly event, which featured a dramatic appearance by Bayfront Medical Center's Bayflite helicopter.

With the addition this year of a community business expo, plus a variety of vehicles and a cluster of clowns, organizer Christina Heubel said the event was a huge success.

"This has been a great experience for our vendors, our instructors, the community businesses, it's just been an amazing time," Heubel, the city's recreation program planner, said. 

"The children are having a blast, and you couldn't have asked for a better day with these bright blue skies. Everybody has a smile on their face."

Heubel said she believes the event was one of the biggest ever, partly due to the addition of the business expo, an area where local companies, organizations and artists could interact with patrons and promote their products.

She said the expo will most likely become a permanent part of the event.

"They've helped draw a lot more of the community in with the expo, and we're going to hopefully grow it next year. This year we had 54 vendors, next year we hope to have a hundred."

Largo Patch had a tent in the business expo area, and we had a huge amount of people come by learn what we're all about, sign up for our free newsletter and receive some free swag.

Enjoy these photos from the event, and if you took any of your own feel free to share by uploading them right here!

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