Lake Stevens wows the crowds at National Night OutService groups and local leaders come together
Entertainment lined Main Street, and booths were set-up to provide free food and information regarding ways to keep your families and our town safe.
After families registered with the Lake Stevens Family Center volunteers, they were able to grab a hot dog, chips and a drink from the Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club who provided the eats at no charge with some of the money they earned at the Beverage and Eatery during Aquafest.
On to the aromatic smells of the fresh popped popcorn offered by the Lake Stevens/Granite Falls Rotary Club, a club that enjoys interacting with the community.
“We’re here because it’s a community event and we’re all about the community,” President-Elect Debe Franz said. “We like what this night stands for.”
If you weren’t full yet, the Lake Stevens Lions Club was passing out fresh nachos and fruit to adults and kids.
“It’s important to the community that these kids are safe,” Lions Club member Ron McEntire said.
Other supporters of this night promoting safe communities were the Lake Stevens Family Center, Lake Stevens Police, Lake Stevens Fire, Lake Stevens own Post Office and Library, the American Legion Post 181 and Camp Fire USA, just to name a few.
Each of their booths included information and usually a treat or two.
Target, who sponsors National Night Out across the country was on hand passing out flashing lights for kids to put on the spokes of their bikes.
“Target sponsors National Night Out,” Jamie Parker, Executive from Asset Protection at Target said. “We’re very excited in supporting our communities and want people to feel safe in their communities.”
There were representatives from local shelters on hand to provide information for those who may be in an abusive relationship. The American Red Cross was there to encourage families to get prepared in case of any type of emergency.
“We feel that it’s important that every community prepare for disaster,” Kimberly Macarthur from the American Red Cross said.
The night didn’t just consist of great food and information. Local singers, and our own famous ballroom dancer Erik Linder and his partner Rickie Taylor entertained the crowds.
There was also a race between Police Chief Randy Celori and Fire Chief Gary Faucett, which was so close that the crowd decided the winner it sounded like Chief Celori took the prize.
If you were unable to come to this year’s National Night Out, you and your family should plan on attending this annual event next year where you get to know your local law enforcement, community groups and find ways to better protect your family.