LUMBERTON — Several Robeson County towns will come alive with music, games, food and fun for National Night Out on Tuesday.
The annual event aims to bring police and the people they serve together under positive circumstances in order to promote safety.
According to the National Night Out website, more than 16,000 communities participate in the event, and this Tuesday they will include Fairmont, Lumberton, Maxton and Red Springs.
“Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits,” the National Night Out website says.
Fairmont will begin its National Night Out event Tuesday at 6 p.m. with an honor guard march and the national anthem followed by a greeting from Police Chief Kim Monroe. The band Recovery will perform beach, R&B and Top 40 hits. The Southern Sapphires Dance Group will also perform before DJ Jo takes the stage.
The event will also feature a bouncy house, slide, train ride, giveaways, prizes, emergency vehicle displays and tours, classic cars and motorcycles display, several booths with information on everything from family violence to gun safety and an appearance by Sparky the Fire Dog.
In Lumberton, the event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown plaza. DJ Bobby Bodiford will play music while folks enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers. There will be a water slide for children and a raffle to win prizes, including a 42-inch television, a $50 gas card and a $25 gas card. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $3 each or two tickets for $5.
Maxton will hold its celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. at Beachem Park on South Austin Street. There will be free food, face-painting, a gaming truck, bouncy house, dunking booth and music from DJ Unique.
“We always have a huge turnout every year,” Jacqueline Smith, with Maxton police, said.
The National Night Out event is one of the largest events in the town of Red Springs, according to the head of neighborhood watch, Duron Burney.
“We usually have attendance of anywhere between 800 and 1,000 people,” he said. “We are excited and we look forward to it every year.”
Red Springs’ event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tom Cope Park on Graham Street. It will feature a water slide, bouncy house, church choirs, the 82nd Airborne Band, a fingerprinting station and free food. One of the officers from the Red Springs Police Department will discuss the importance of the National Night Out event.
“We want people to know that the reason we are having the National Night Out is to bring awareness to crime,” Burney said.
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