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Baltimore's 'Big Truck Day' lets kids explore

Children and families can explore Baltimore's fleet of fire trucks, police cruisers and bucket trucks Saturday at the city's "Big Truck Day."

The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry at 1415 Key Highway. It also features face painting, coloring and balloon twisting.

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Recycling bins will be on sale and city Department of Public Works officials will be available to provide information.

Children will be able to climb aboard some of the vehicles and receive a construction hat or vest to wear when inspecting the fleet.

They also cast a vote to name a new trash truck from a list of contenders — Mean Green, Gorilla Joe, The Crusher, Dumpsy, Trashasaurus, and Hulkinator — submitted by the students at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School.

Vehicles on display include "Big Bertha," the city's largest tow truck, as well as rescue vehicles, forestry trucks, street sweepers and a fireboat that will perform a water display show.

Visitors will be able to see, touch and sit in the vehicles.

Free, limited parking is available at 1100 Key Highway. On-street parking also is available.

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