Hundreds attend National Night Out

EVART — Children and their families flocked to Evart's Riverside Park on Aug. 4 to participate in a nationwide event which creates positive interaction between the community and local first responders.

Police, fire, emergency medical services and area organizations hosted activities, giveaways, food and more at Evart's ninth annual National Night Out, which attracted about a thousand people.

Among other activities, children were able to climb inside of police vehicles, bounce in an inflatable house, eat hot dogs, cotton candy and snow cones, make their way through a safety house fire simulation, enter to win prizes and sink Evart Police Department Sgt. John Beam in a dunk tank.

"This year’s event was an absolute success due to the support of the many organizations that were present and the generous donations by sponsors," said Evart Police Chief Kendra Backing. "The K-9 dogs are always a hit, along with the smokehouse, the simulated drunk driving course and the t-shirt shooting cannon. Several people approached us specifically to say 'thank you' for hosting the event and how they look forward to it each year."

In addition to first responders, representatives from Eagle Village, the Ten 16 Recovery Network, Osceola County Animal Control, Evart Masonic Lodge, Evart Lions Club and Women's Information Service, Inc. were on hand to provide valuable resources and information about how they can assist families in times of need.