CASEY (JG-TC) -- Children are invited to explore emergency response vehicles, tractor-trailers and more during a Touch a Truck event on Saturday.

The Casey Historical Society will hold Touch a Truck at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Casey Airport, along U.S. Route 40. Children can toot horns and turn on sirens as they explore the displayed vehicles. Admission is $1 per person. Hot dogs, brats, and other food will be sold starting at 11 a.m.

Touch a Truck visitors are also invited to tour the Big Things in a Small Town giant objects in Casey and then attend Fright Fest at 4:30-8:30 p.m. on West Main Street downtown. The Historical Society and the Far Off-Broadway Players are co-sponsoring this fest.

A Fright Room will be open at 2 West Main St., with $1 admission. Chili and other food will be on sale, a children's fortunate teller will be at the Big Things bird cage, and a storyteller will be in the caboose near Casey's Candy Depot. Free candy will be given out at several venues.

Participants can bring their carved and decorated pumpkins to a decorating contest at 5-5:45 p.m. These pumpkins will be lit at 6 p.m. along a walking path. "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Moriah Church building, where Lucy and Linus will greet viewers. The evening will conclude with a costume contest at 8 p.m.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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