National Night Out set for Aug. 2
EVART — There’s a great reason to get out and enjoy neighbors, family, and friends for an evening of fun at Evart’s Riverside Park.
This year, the Evart community will celebrate its fifth annual National Night Out.
It’s been fun in years past. It’ll be just as much fun this year - if not more.
Sponsoring General Federation of Women’s Clubs Evart Women’s Club planners promise the community event will be bigger and better than ever.
National Night Out will take place at Riverside Park, Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6-8 p.m., and give kids and parents a chance to learn all about safety, meet with neighbors, and simply have a good time with a special spirit of community.
Last year, some 700 people from throughout the Osceola County area enjoyed the party.
Taking part this year will be a wide variety of civic and fraternal groups - from the Masons to the Moose, and more.
Members of the Evart Area Volunteer Fire Department will be bringing equipment and giving kids a real sense of excitement, as well as all kind of water games.
Local organizations will be providing all sorts of “goodies.”
A free Child Identification Program will offered by local Masons providing parents with a packet including their child’s teeth impressions, current height and weight, fingerprints, as well as other pertinent information needed if the child goes missing. All of this information will be loaded on a compact disc that also includes voice recognition software.
Evart Police Department officers will be on hand with a variety of activities.
It was a joint effort by EPD Chief Zack Szakacs and the Evart organizers from the GFWC that got the local National Night Out program going four years ago.
At that time Chief Szakacs suggested to members of the GFWC that they adopt the National Night Out as a service project. The women’s club saw this as a way for people in the Evart community to get involved - a way for people to get to know their neighbors a little better.
National Night Out was introduced to the U.S. in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch - a non-profit, crime prevention organization.
The event was created to build awareness of local anti-crime efforts and encourage community involvement in neighborhood awareness programs.
In 1984, some 400 communities in 23 states took part in one way or the other in the National Night Out program.
Since that time project has grown and spread.
In many communities, the program involves the traditional “Lights On” event during which every front porch light in the city or town is lit. Other National Night Out programs include community bonfires, cookouts, parades and a wide range of other events.
All are carried out with an eye to showing that members of communities can still get involved in watching out for neighbors.
Evart’s National Night Out will take place in conjunction with the thousands of events taking place throughout the nation.
Organizers are looking forward to a great time. This is always a fun time for everyone who takes part.