Gahanna residents have the chance to meet the people and equipment behind their city services from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Hannah Park, 6547 Clark State Road.

Gahanna's Department of Public Service and Engineering will host the return of the Service Expo/Touch-A-Truck community event, providing an opportunity for the whole family to see, touch and sit on the big equipment that makes Gahanna run.

The last time the city hosted the expo was in 2012, according to Niel Jurist, city public information manager.

"We're excited to bring this event back to our community," said Dottie Franey, Gahanna city administrator.

"Having a service expo like this gives everyone the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of the services our public service and engineering department provides to our businesses and residents," Franey said.

Visitors will have a chance to get up close to a backhoe, bucket truck, tractor, fire truck, police cars, snow plow and a garbage truck, just to name a few.

A new feature will be a Survival Flight helicopter that will land on the soccer field at 11 a.m.

"This expo allows children of all ages the opportunity to explore much of the equipment used to maintain Gahanna and keep our city safe," said Rob Priestas, public service and engineering director.

"This event also provides a great opportunity for our residents to meet our staff, ask questions and learn how the equipment works to make Gahanna such a great city," he said.

In addition to the Touch-A-Truck opportunities, visitors will be able to see public service related exhibits, speak with city officials and staff, and learn more about city services.

Children can explore a Fun Zone, customize hard hats, color and participate in outdoor games.

Food trucks will be on site with lunch items, cold beverages and frozen treats for purchase.

Volunteers from Gahanna Residents In Need will assist city employees in staffing the event.

While admission is free, GRIN will accept donations of canned goods, non-perishable food, toiletries and monetary gifts to help support residents in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools in times of need.

Canned fruit and peanut butter are in particularly high demand.

Attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing for each food item or each dollar donated to GRIN.

For more event information, contact the department of public service and engineering at 614-342-4005.

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