National Night Out comes to Conrad Aug. 6

While other organizations and young people, like the school students, get some time off during the summer, the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce is busier than even.

This week, Aug. 6 they will once again be hosting the National Night Out (NNO) event in the Conrad Lions Swimming Pool Park from 5-9 p.m.

Conrad is into its fifth year of participating in NNO which like its title is a national event

NNO 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, Jamey Byrnes of Gary and Leo’s IGA, and Chief Gary Dent, CPD.

The Conrad Lions Club also sponsors the “big happening” and members will be in the park to cook off their world famous hamburgers. This alone is reason to come down to NNO on Tuesday.

There are some truly tremendous demonstrations from law enforcement agencies that will just knock you away.

On hand will be the FBI, Fish Wildlife & Parks, a mobile DUI unit, a field crime lab (for all you CSI fans-this demonstration is just amazing), fire trucks and equipment and demonstrations, along with the Border Patrol and hopefully a stealth helicopter.

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

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

“The CofC is reaching out in hopes that local groups and organizations will see the importance of NNO and offer their support,” says Barbie Killion, executive director of the CofC.

She went on to add, “Your contribution, in any form, will help make this year’s NNO another huge success.”

For more information, contact Killion at the CofC at 27-7791 or Byrnes at the IGA, 278-7843.

The place to be on Tuesday is the Lions Club Swimming Pool Park so you can be part of a national event.