Young ones fascinated by construction and big trucks will have plenty to see and do at the Big Dig, a public event designed to introduce children of all ages to the building industry.

The event features a dozen or more heavy equipment machines that visitors can actually run under the supervision of trained operators. Huge hauling trucks, bulldozers, skid steers, excavators, dump trucks, boom trucks, concrete mixer trucks and other machinery will be on site, and hands-on construction experiences inside the covered pavilion feature things to hammer, cut, pull, install, bend and mortar using real materials used in construction.

Safe, fun activities will be available for toddlers ages 3 and under, too. At the Big Dig, kids can get as dirty as they wish while they dig, discover and play.

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Food and beverage vendors will also be on-site and there will be prizes and takeaways for the littles. A raffle for a Rolly CAT Backhoe Loader Tractor pedal car will be held, benefiting the Enzweiler Building Institute, an adult evening post-secondary trade school sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky.

It all happens 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington. The cost is $5 per person, free for ages 3 and under.

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