NNO was just huge

17_nno-185ROCK CLIMBERS  — Members of the Conrad fire crew, from the left, Tyler Arnold, Steve Russett, James DeStaffany and Dave Weis, with a full complement of fire gear, adding an extra 50 pounds, scale the Montana National Guard rock wall during NNO on Tuesday. With the temperature topping 90 degrees, the CVFD members all made it to the top.  Photo for the I-O courtesy of Tony Nickol

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

National Night Out, which is always held on the first Tuesday in August was another smashing success.

Conrad celebrated its’ fourth year of putting on the event although across America in some places the event celebrated its’ 31st year.

The people of our fair city do know how to throw a party. Tuesday, the Lions Club Swimming Pool Park was filled with folks young and old out having a colossally good time.

The event affords local, state and federal law enforcement agencies the opportunity to raise awareness of their law enforcement mission and try to develop the partnerships that are critical to keeping our communities safe.

On hand this year with either static displays or helping with games were the Conrad Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department, Conrad Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Customs, the Border Patrol, the 83rd Civil Support Group out of Helena, the Montana Highway Patrol, the Air National Guard, the Army National Guard, and Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The Conrad Lions Club was present and accounted for, cooking up their famous Whoop-Up burgers at a furious pace and the ladies from 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union, Jennifer Gustafson, Kelly Greer, Melissa Moritz and Laura Mehrer, were twirling cotton candy with great skill.

The cotton candy along with watermelon and snow cones were being given out at no cost and the Chamber of  Commerce stand was a popular place to be.

A number of rides, like the mini-Ferris wheel and bungee cord run with the CPD helping out were new along with the rock climb from the Army National Guard which was a big attraction.

Mitch Hauer with his band Up North provided non-stop entertainment. Dan Seifert managed the sticks on the drums and Bill Pruett was on the guitar.

A good place to cool off was to volunteer to be a target at the dunking booth.

Manned by Sheriff’s Deputy Eddy Erickson and Mike Lytle, a lot of folks took the plunge, including State Representative Rob Cook, who hit the drink about 32 times.

It is interesting to note that even some children from the Midway Colony, like Brian Hofer, were taking a seat on the dunking chair.

Sheriff Tom Kuka and Deputy Carl Suta manned the human bowling ball and helped kids knock down pins.

The last major event of the summer in Conrad, NNO is fast becoming a “look-forward” to event that gets better each year.