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Touch-a-Truck Event Returns to Covington on Saturday

Families and kids will have the opportunity to get up close to big trucks and equipment next Saturday at the Latonia Shopping Center in Covington.

The city's touch-a-truck event is free and children will be able to climb on and in a lot of public safety vehicles, and talk with the workers who operate them.

More than a thousand people attended the event last year.

"We didn't know what to expect last year, the first time we had it, but well over a thousand people showed up, and they seemed to both have a lot of fun and ask a lot of questions, so we decided to do it again," said Covington Fire Chief Mark Pierce, who led the organization of the event.

The Covington Fire Department will be well-represented, as will the city's police and public works departments. But many other regional agencies that do everything from respond to emergencies to clean up garbage will also be there.

There will also be a demonstration of a vehicle extrication, and a helicopter landing and taking off. Some limited snacks and drinks will be available.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"It's just a great event that showcases not only vehicles and equipment but also the people who operate them and the work they do on behalf of taxpayers," said Chris Warneford, acting Public Works director in Covington. "In Public Works, we have all kinds of interesting trucks."

-Staff report