National Night Out slated for Aug. 3

13_nno-7607NATIONAL NIGHT OUT  — Gabrielle (Gabby) Beaman points out the National Night Out sign at the Conrad Lions Swimming Pool Park, noting the second annual event is coming up on Aug. 3.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Mark your calendar for Aug. 3, the National Night Out (NNO) will be taking place in the Conrad Lions Swimming Pool Park.

The activity, sponsored by the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce begins at 5 p.m. and goes on until 9 p.m.  This is the second year of what is hoped to become a long standing annual event in Conrad.

Nationally the program has been going on for 27 years and has grown to where it now takes place on the first Tuesday of the month in August in all 50 states, plus Canadian cites, and military installations worldwide involving an estimated 35 million people.

NNO is  designed to build a bond with local anticrime efforts with local, state and federal agencies.

On hand for “our” NNO will be a Border Patrol canine unit which was extremely popular in last year’s event.

Once again, a helicopter, this time from the Montana Highway Patrol out of Helena is scheduled to be in the park for folks to peek at.

It is also hoped that the MHP will have their crash simulator on hand. The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and a crime unit lab will be on hand as well as our local law enforcement agencies, the police department, sheriff’s department as well as Search and Rescue.

The CofC is still looking for volunteers for a dunking booth. And help in other areas. If you can lend a hand, contact the CofC at 271-7791.

In addition this year the Lions Club will be serving up their famous Whoop-Up hamburgers and hot dogs, and Paul Olson will be smoking up some pork for pulled-pork sandwiches. There will be a minimal charge for the above items, being a fund-raiser for the CofC.

However, there is a lot of free food such as cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and watermelon.

George Tornga will be doing duty as the Master of Ceremonies.

There will be a variety of games planned for kids and adults and the ‘Clown Prince’ of Pondera County, Zane Drishinski will be here and kids will want to be on the lookout for McGruff the Crime Dog.

Not one, but two jumping houses will be on hand. There will be human bowling, watermelon bowling, a bunji trampoline and human jousting just to name a few of the fun activities.

Music will be provided by Marty Metz and Cary Combs and possibly more.

This is a family event you will not want to miss.

For more information or to ask questions or to volunteer, contact Chief Gary Dent at 271-5723 or Letha Ashworth at the CofC office, 271-7791 or Barbie Killion at 271-2500.