NYPA Press Release

Free Family Safety Fair and Touch-a-Truck Event Saturday at Niagara Power Vista

For Immediate Release: 06/12/18

Contact: Teresa Martinez teresa.martinez@nypa.gov | 716-286-6661

LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will hold a family safety fair and touch-a-truck event on Saturday, June 16, at the Niagara Power Vista in Lewiston.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the grounds at the Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road. Learn about safety in the community and on the job, enjoy activities and demonstrations, and visit the Buffalo Zoomobile from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NYPA will display numerous trucks and heavy equipment used to perform daily tasks at the Niagara Power Project, including a hybrid bucket truck, backhoe and cranes. Visitors can talk with NYPA operators about what it takes to operate the machinery. The first 300 children will receive a free safety item.

An Upper Mountain Fire Company ladder truck and two hazardous materials trucks from Niagara County Emergency Management will also be at the event. The Niagara County Sheriff’s Department will show its armored assault vehicle, provide information from its traffic division and give demonstrations of the K-9 unit.

New this year will be “Pinky,” the first pink concrete mixer truck in Western New York. The truck was unveiled four years ago by United Materials – a supplier of ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and related materials.

The truck has become a celebrity in surrounding communities, making appearances at touch-a-truck events and parades across WNY, honoring breast cancer survivors and providing awareness to the need for more research. A portion of the proceeds from every yard of concrete delivered by “Pinky” is donated to Susan G. Komen WNY.

Other trucks and activities will include:

  •  Dig Safely New York will display its interactive truck to demonstrate why it’s important to protect the public and underground facilities. Careful! You don’t want to hit a water pipe when you start digging! Did you call 811 first?
  •  Erie County Sheriff’s Department will offer child safety IDs.
  •  New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control will use its fire safety house to demonstrate the how and why of having an up-to-date escape plan.
  •  NYS Police will demonstrate its roll over vehicle to illustrate the dangerous consequences of distracted driving.
  •  North Tonawanda Police will perform car seat safety checks. A drive-up lane will be provided.

Other vehicles will include a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority hybrid bus, U.S. Border Patrol service vehicle and a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary vehicle.

The LaSalle Early Childhood Center will have safety activities and a storytelling/play experience with read aloud stories, big books and truck-themed puzzles geared toward 2 to 5 year olds.

Boy Scout Troop No. 42 and the Yogurt Shack sundae truck will have food for purchase.

Visitors are also encouraged to explore the Niagara Power Vista exhibits including a virtual ride, build-a-dam stations and a simulated transmission grid system. Visitors can also ride the Discover Niagara Shuttle to other area attractions. For more information, please contact (716) 286-6661 or email npvista@nypa.gov


About the Niagara Power Vista

The Niagara Power Vista is a free hands-on science playground at the Niagara Power Project with more than 50 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. Operated by the New York Power Authority, the visitor center is designed for inquisitive minds of all ages with special emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts and careers. Visitors can experience a virtual rollercoaster, build a dam, operate a power plant, run the state grid, watch digital portraits of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison debate the benefits of alternating and direct current, and enjoy 350-foot-high views from an observation deck above the Niagara River. The Power Vista is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, excluding some holidays, with free parking. It is located at 5777 Lewiston Road (Route 104) in Lewiston.  For more information, call (716) 286-6661 or visit www.nypa.gov/niagarapowervista