Kingsport event lets you 'play' with heavy equipment

Matthew Lane • May 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — A small fleet of heavy equipment — from garbage trucks, to back hoes to paving machines — will be on full display at the Kingsport Farmers Market on Friday.

It'll be a day where the young, and the young at heart, can play with the city's “really big toys” and learn more about what Kingsport’s Public Works Department does every day.


From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, the city will be hosting its annual Public Works Day event at the Kingsport Farmers Market.

It's a popular event where kids and adults get a firsthand look at some of the heavy equipment used by public works employees every day, including automated garbage collection trucks, the trash grabber truck, the mini street sweeper, leaf collection equipment, sewer camera vans, a directional drill machine, back hoe and mini paver.

You'll be allowed to operate some of the automated equipment, and kids will be able to paint snow plows, man hole covers and play corn hole and ring toss games. Food (hot dogs and chips) will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early.


Kingsport's Public Works Department is the largest, non-school related department in the city with approximately 315 employees. The department includes water and sewer, streets and sanitation, building maintenance, traffic, engineering, stormwater and the Municipal Transportation and Planning Organization.

“We have an extraordinary group of employees who are dedicated to serving the taxpayers of Kingsport,” said Ryan McReynolds, assistant city manager for operations. “We appreciate the community taking a few minutes out of their day to visit with us at the Farmers Market Pavilion. It’s a great opportunity for us to personally explain the many services offered by the city.”

If you have any questions about Friday’s event, contact Sheila Catron with the city’s public works department at (423) 229-9470 or by email at [email protected]

Kingsport has been hosting Public Works Day since 2012 and is being held in conjunction with National Public Works Week, which runs from May 19 through May 25.