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There were trucks that plow the sleet and snow. Trucks that lift, and some that tow. Trucks you fill with rocks and dirt. And vehicles called when someone's hurt. There were horns and sirens for all to hear, as big imaginations kicked into gear.

"It's just exciting to see them and to watch the parents and children interacting as they look at these various trucks and vehicles," said Reverend Gary Firster of Colonial Park Community Baptist Church in Harrisburg, talking about the church's second year community event.

It was a chance for little hands to take the wheel and pretend for a moment that it's real.

"Pump operator. We have a fire. We need water," said one little boy, pretending to use the radio of a truck from the Colonial Park Fire Company.

It was a hands-on event, designed for kids, parents and all the sibs. There was lots to touch, trucks of all kind, organized by a church, with one goal in mind.

"We wanted to reach out to our community and provide for them a nice, good wholesome day of entertainment," said Reverend Firster. "To reach out to the children and show them some of the trucks they see in our community."

And, for the men and women who run these cool rigs, they got to show off their work place digs.

Lower Paxton Police officer Rich Wable was kept busy showing all the bells and whistles of his cruiser, to the kid and parents. "Obviously, at events like these, it provides a golden opportunity to influence young people in a positive manner," said Wable. "We're able to joke around with the kids and meet the parents. It's kind of an ice breaker, if you will."

For some of the youngsters who were able to stay, there were games and crafts as part of the day. Along the way, there were souvenirs, reminders of fun for many years.

For all those attending, the day was a win, as seen on a little guy's ear to ear grin.

Out and about with trucks and their crews, I'm Chuck Rhodes, reporting the news.

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