National Night Out returns


National Night Out is back. Due to the pandemic, there was no big event last year, but from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 many agencies, churches, businesses, and organizations will come together to offer an evening of free family fun in Milligan Park. 

It will be held from the north shelter to the south shelter, with lots to do for all ages in the family. There will be a bounce house, an obstacle course, caricaturists, games, and may other activities. There will also be some special shows, including Silly Safari. Valero will grill and serve hot dogs, chips, and cookies. Popcorn, snow cones, and other treats will be available.  There will be door prizes.

The event is part of a national program that seeks to strengthen the community and promote positive relationships between law enforcement and the public. The Crawfordsville Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Crawfordsville Fire Department will be there to interact with kids and pass out information. Additionally, many agencies will give out information about their services. 

The event partners are Valero Renewable Fuels, Montgomery County Community Foundation, Crawfordsville Police Department, Crawfordsville Fire Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Children’s Bureau-Community Partners, Montgomery County Drug Free Coalition, and the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau. 

“We really missed National Night Out last year, and we are all looking forward to having a great time. It’s so much fun to watch the kids and their parents have fun together. We hope we get another big crowd,” said Sue Brassel, one of the event’s organizers.

There is still space to join the event. Event organizers are looking for businesses and organizations that would be willing to participate by having a booth with a game or activity for the kids to play, and/or some small give-a-ways, with the opportunity to give out information about their organizations.

For more information, contact Jane Christophersen at 362-0694 ext. 104, or


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