First 500 children age 12 and under receive free construction hat.

This Saturday, zoo-goers can get hands-on with big trucks, emergency vehicles and special equipment that rival the animals for size and speed.  Touch A Truck, presented by Stowers Machinery Corporation, will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The first 500 children age 12 and under through the gate will receive a free child’s-sized construction hat.


Visitors can get up close to a variety of heavy duty construction equipment from Stowers Machinery Corporation and the Waste Connections U.T. “Tailgating Truck”.  Climb aboard a fire truck from the City of Knoxville Fire Department, a Rural/Metro of Tennessee ambulance and meet the personnel who make Knoxville a safe place to live. Guests can also enjoy the view from way up in the driver’s seat of a City of Knoxville tractor and mini-excavator.  A unique addition is the Safe N’ Sound Creative Technologies M35a2 Military Deuce.


Touch A Truck activities are included with general zoo admission.  For more information, please visit the zoo’s Web site at, the zoo’s Facebook page at or call the zoo at (865) 637-5331.


Special thanks to Stowers Machinery Corporation, the City of Knoxville Public Service Department, Knoxville Fire Department, Safe N’ Sound Creative Technologies and Waste Connections for their support of this event.


Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Currently, the zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information visit