National Night Out in park on Aug. 7

There is no down-time for the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce during the summer months, the organization is busy as ever.

On Aug. 7, from 5 - 9 p.m., Conrad will be celebrating its 4th annual National Night Out (NNO).

NNO is a nationwide annual event which our community began participating in 2009.

The event is designed to: 1. Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; 2. Generate support for, and participate in local anticrime programs; 3. Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and 4. Send a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Our local event is put together by the CofC, Chief Gary Dent and the CPD and Jamey Byrnes of Gary and Leo’s Fresh Foods IGA.

The Conrad Lions Club also sponsors the event and members cook off their world famous burgers. This alone is reason to come down to NNO.

There are some truly neat demonstrations that will be put on by the different law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, Fish Wildlife & Parks, a mobile DUI unit, a field crime lab, (for all you CSI fans) fire trucks and equipment, and weather permitting, a stealth helicopter. The Border Patrol will also be on hand.

The event takes place in the Conrad Lions Club Swimming Pool Park.

As in the past, the goal of the CofC is to make this a true community event by offering most activities free of charge and open to the public.

Each year the NNO had been better than the last and this year’s goal is no exception.

In order to pull off this community-wide event there is a need for many volunteers to help operate the activity and food booths.

We are reaching out in hopes that local groups and organizations will see the importance of NNO and offer their support.

Your contribution, in any form, will help make this year’s NNO a huge success.

For more information contact the CofC at 271-7791. Chairperson is Barbie Killion at 788-1019 or Byrnes at 278-7843.

Editor’s note: Killion, who submitted this article, is also the VP of the CofC. Editor Buck Traxler contributed to this story.