National Night Out ‘could not have gone better’
An estimated 800 people attended on Aug. 6 National Night Out, an event hosted by the Simpsonville police and fire departments to promote a positive relationship between first responders and the community.
Simpsonville first responders held the event at City Park, where sponsoring vendors set up tables, people parked their cool cars for a car show and Simpsonville police cooked hot dogs and hamburgers for the public. Simpsonville Police Chief Mike Hanshaw said the night “could not have gone better.”
“We appreciate the public for coming out, our vendors and sponsors, the band Widow Lake for the music and all our first responders who made the event happen,” Hanshaw said. “Any night the community and law enforcement officials can get together to fellowship is a great night.”
National Night Out is an annual event across the U.S. that fosters positive relationships between police and the community. The event encourages “neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer,” according to www.natw.org.
“National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community,” the website said.
The Simpsonville police and fire departments are happy with the success of National Night Out 2019 and excited for an even more successful National Night Out in 2020.
For more information, contact Justin Lee Campbell, community relations specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mauldin’s National Night out was celebrated on the grounds of the
Mauldin Cultural Center.
The festivities began at 5pm and lasted until well after 8pm. It is estimated approximately 1,500 people attended this year’s event, and from the comments received it appears a good time was had by all.
880 Hotdogs, 240 Hamburgers, over 500 bottles of water, 4 gallons of snow cone syrup, bag after bag of popcorn, and the hit of the year…Cotton Candy. Nearly 400 cones of cotton candy were enjoyed by children of all ages.
Combine all the food with great music, live dancing, a K-9 demonstration and the farmers market …it made for perfect late summer evening.
Many thanks to every department who helped in any fashion to make this year’s event a success:
*Mauldin Fire Department for Cooking and providing medical service/first aid. Oh, and for allowing us to “borrow your extra water” and all your ICE from headquarters.
*Mauldin Public Works for having the property looking top notch, and helping out with trash receptacles, staffing, and ICE.
*Mauldin Cultural Center for allowing use the faculty, the band, rooms to prep our food, and ICE
*Mauldin Recreation for the hotdog supply, and yes, we took most of your ICE as well.
M. Bryan Turner, Chief of Police – Mauldin Police Dept.
5 East Butler Road, PO Box 249, Mauldin, SC 29662