ZONETON, Ky. — It's become a holiday tradition in Zoneton, and now the beloved Santa Truck is celebrating its 35th year. When it first started, Santa rode the Zoneton Fire Protection District truck around to firefighter's houses.
Now, the truck is totally decked out in lights and decorations and travels through the entire district with Santa on board.
"We take our truck and turn it into Santa's sleigh and we go out through the district and put smiles on people's faces," said Captain Steven Corbin.
This year's Santa Truck was revealed Wednesday and officials said the lights are bigger and brighter than ever. Three weeks' worth of work went into preparing the truck.
Captain Steven Corbin said they had ten people working on it each day. This year the event is outside as a COVID-19 precaution.
Santa, Mrs. Claus and some of Santa's elves were in attendance. Corbin said the excitement surrounding the truck even crosses state lines.
"I was at Disney World in Florida last year during Thanksgiving, and there was a lady on the bus that noticed my Zoneton Fire Department shirt," Corbin said. "She asked if that was in Bullitt County and said she used to live across from the firehouse, and this event was one thing she missed about living here was the Santa Truck."
Starting Thursday, Dec. 2, Santa will ride the truck to local neighborhoods to visit with the children. You can find the routes on Zoneton's Facebook page.