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William Piko, 2, a student at Holy Family Child Care and Development Center, invites the community to attend the next “Touch A Truck” event at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport on Saturday.

Wheeling-Ohio County Airport is hosting two upcoming events, and the first of them is on Saturday.

The Holy Family Child Care and Development Center is partnering with the Ohio County Commission to present a “Touch a Truck” event, where children and all motor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see a wide range large vehicles – including semi-truck, helicopter and emergency vehicles.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the airport.

Next, on September 24, the Ohio County Commission is sponsoring a “Wings Over Wheeling” vintage aircraft and vehicle event, and aircraft from World War II and the Vietnam War will be on display. The airport gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

Both events are free to the community.

Terra Crews, executive director of the Holy Family Child Care and Development Center, said the school has held similar “Touch The Truck” events in the past.

“When I took over in January, I thought what a big event. We need to bring this back,” Crews said. “We wanted to bring the community in and bring them to the airport. A lot of people don’t know not that you can visit the airport, and it’s a wonderful place.

“Touch a Truck” serves as a fundraiser for the Holy Family Child Care Center, which will serve concessions during the event.

There will be a semi-truck on site, as well as a helicopter, fire truck, law enforcement cruiser and Ohio County Sheriff’s Department deputies, Crews said. There will also be bouncy castles and games.

Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration will provide a giant sandbox for kids, and superhero band Valley Avengers have been invited.

Spiderman is expected to drive the character’s bus to the event, according to Crews.

“This is for anyone who loves vehicles,” she continued. “I know we have kids who play with dump trucks. It’s a way for them to see them in real size.

She credits County Administrator Randy Russell with the “very important” role in bringing the “Touch the Truck” event to fruition.

Russell, meanwhile, has been busy planning the “Wings Over Wheeling” festivities.

Among the planes arriving at the airport are a factory freighter C-47 “Whiskey 7” from World War II and a supplier C-123K “Thunder Pig” that flew in the Vietnam War. There will also be vintage cars and trucks on site, as well as food vendors.

Last year, county commissioners sponsored a 9/11 commemoration ceremony at the airport, and Russell said up to 500 people attended events throughout the afternoon.

“We would like to organize more events on a regular basis,” he said. “The idea is to involve the local community in the airport.”


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