Colony Square Mall Hosts Touch A Truck Community Day

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ZANESVILLE, Oh – Colony Square Mall hosted Touch a Truck Day Saturday afternoon!

Kids and their families were able to explore trucks and equipment brought in from the community. 

There were engines and ladder trucks from area fire departments, police cars, military vehicles, equipment used by the City of Zanesville and much more!

Zanesville Fire Department Assistant Chief Doug Hobson says the department loves getting out and interacting with kids and the community!

“You know, it’s a giveback. These kids are our future. We love to run up and put stickers on the kids and have a good time with them, show them the big fire trucks. Anytime we can get in the community, teach them a little bit about fire safety, you know, crawl under smoke, smoke detector sounds. So anytime we can get out with the community, we love doing that,” Hobson said.

Kids could sit in the trucks and equipment, honk the horns, turn lights and sirens on in the emergency vehicles, and even try on tactical gear.

Alex and Jameson brought little Brennan out for a fun-filled day with the added bonus of familiarizing him and increasing his comfort with the emergency personnel and vehicles. 

“I think it’s pretty good to like, normalize some of these safety and the first responders so if something ever does happen, he knows he can be comfortable with whatever may be out there to help him,” Alex told us, also stating Brennan’s favorite part of the day was sitting in the trucks, playing with the lights and sirens and honking the horns on everything!

There was also free face painting, a selfie station, and  special back to school sales and specials offered from the shops and stores inside the mall.

Maggie Warren
Maggie was born and raised in Speedway, Indiana where she developed her love and passion for weather, IndyCar and F1, hockey, and baseball, especially the Detroit Red Wings and the Cincinnati Reds. When she's not at work, she enjoys binge-watching her favorite tv shows, writing, hiking, and doing pretty much any outdoor activity! Maggie graduated from Ball State University, where she majored in meteorology/climatology, in Fall 2020. While at Ball State, she was a member of the Storm Chase Team and Cardinal Weather Service. She is also a member of the American Meteorological Society. She loves exploring new places, so if you have any recommendations of places she should visit, let her know! And if you see her around town, don't be shy, say hi!