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Spend Night Out with SB police
July 29, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Doug Harris/Gering Citizen Repelling SBFD – Nathan Parrish gives a remarkable display of rope rescue techniques at the National Night Out celebration in Scottsbluff in 2014.

The Scottsbluff Police Department hosts a National Night Out, which includes a bevy of fun activities from 6-8 p.m. on Broadway in Scottsbluff on Tuesday, August 2.

According to Crystal Wilson with the Scottsbluff Police Department, the event is designed to heighten awareness about crime and drug prevention in the city’s surrounding neighborhoods, while strengthening neighborhood spirit and police and community partnerships.

“We have all kinds of kids’ activities planned,” Wilson said about the event, which is in its 19th year. “Members of the police and fire departments will be here.” Also, special appearances will be made by the Scotts Bluff County Fair Queens, Elroy the Elk, the Lighting McQueen car. The Wildcat Hills Nature Center and Riverside Discovery Center and Zoo will feature some animals for the kids to learn about them.

Broadway will be filled with several games. Kids can take advantage of water games, a nerf shooting gallery, a bean bag toss, snag golf, basketball hoops, face painting and getting temporary tattoos.

There will be a car and motorcycle show with prizes awarded to top contenders. While the cars are on display, owners will participate in a car stereo contest.

Kids can pick up a goodie bag at the police department booth, and they can take part in a “dance-off with an officer.” A food court and live music help round out the evening,” Wilson said. “I’d say about 700 to 800 people attend every year. It’s a fun event for the whole family.”

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, has been a staple in communities across the United States and Canada since 1984. Activities are organized locally to increase awareness of police programs such as the drug prevention neighborhood watch. Activities have range from backyard cookouts to major festivals.

Residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their outdoor lights, and head to downtown Scottsbluff the evening of August 2. They’ll find music, special events, and games. It’s all free except the food court.
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