The city of Truesdale will host the Warren County National Night Out event Aug. 6 at Bruer Park.
National Night Out is a nationwide initiative to bring community members together with the first responders who serve them. It’s also a time for neighbors to come out and have fun together as a community.
Warren County’s National Night Out is moving to Truesdale after two years in Wright City, and will move again two years from now in an ongoing rotation, organizers explained.
This year’s event will feature carnival games, crafts, water balloons, and live entertainment by up-and-coming country singer Aaron Goodvin. The entire event is free to the public.
“We’re blessed to have it here in Truesdale, and be able to create that neighborly environment, where we can just get to know each other and just build those relationships,” said Elsa Smith-Fernandez, one of the organizers with the city of Truesdale.
Truesdale Police Chief Casey Doyle said National Night Out is an opportunity for police officers and people in the community to meet outside the context of a police call, and have a positive interaction.
“Everybody sees the traffic stops, they see us arresting people,” Doyle commented. “(It’s about) being able to set some of that aside so that we can be available to answer questions and interact like everyday people.”
Police officers will be on hand to converse with curious community members, and also will have some of the equipment they use in their work on display. Officers from other area law enforcement agencies, as well as fire and ambulance personnel, will pay a visit to the event as well.
Aaron Goodvin, the performer at the event, is from Canada and is listed as one of Billboard’s “Seven Country Acts to Watch in 2019.” He is the most recent winner of the Canadian Country Music Association’s Songwriter of the Year Award and is a four-time CCMA nominee. His debut U.S. single is “Bars & Churches.”
Organizers say it’s hard to predict what the turnout to National Night Out will be, but they’re planning for about 500 people.