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The Greenup County High School cheerleading squad is hosting a touch a truck fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 18. Proceeds from the event will go toward helping the squad compete on a national level.

GREENUP, Ky. -- Competing for national championships isn't easy, even for a squad of Greenup County High School cheerleaders which has won 14 of them.

The 20 cheerleaders and their sponsors are trying to raise about $20,000 by February to compete in another championship, and they have scheduled a fundraiser for Saturday, according to Brenda Price, fundraiser event coordinator for the "Touch a Truck" fundraiser at the high school.

Proceeds from Touch a Truck event are used to help the squad compete nationally

"It takes a lot of money to do something like this," Price said Thursday. At this level of success, participation is costly on family pocketbooks, Price said.

Officials are seeking community help, which is why the cheerleaders chose a family-oriented event, she said.

The cost for travel and lodging is about $900 per cheerleader and doesn't include food, she said.

The squad's fundraiser will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the high school.

The parking lot will hold all kinds of vehicles, including police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances, a dragster, a hearse, an electric truck, a bulldozer, a dirt-track racecar, a semi tractor-trailer, a classic car show, a tractor, an antique tractor, a tow truck and a Greenup County Work Farm inmate bus.

"The kids can get a hands-on experience with the vehicles," Price said. "They'll be able to get in some of them."

Cost to get into the event is $5 per person. There will be a number of events and food and beverages for sale, she said.

There will be worm races, a rock-climbing wall, inflatables, face-painting, multi-hued hairspray and an activities station, according to a news release.

The Kentucky State Police and the Greenup County Sheriff's Department will be on hand for child fingerprinting.

Cotton candy, popcorn, Sno-Cones, Giovanni's Pizza and other carnival-style food favorites will be for sale.


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