CLEARFIELD – Clearfield, along with cities nationwide, is holding “a night out against crime.”
The block party event is being held from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 on Cherry Street between Second and Front streets.
According to information provided by Main Street Manager Loretta Wagner, National Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places.
“National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October).
Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.
According to information provided by Wagner, National Night Out is designed to:
- heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
- generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
- strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships;
- send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Locally, Wagner said Clearfield’s block party will offer food, fun, public safety demonstrations and live music from Heavenbound. “It’s for the entire community.”
She said people will also have the opportunity to explore various public safety apparatus, such as an ambulance, fire engine, a mobile command unit, police car and more.
In conjunction with the event, Wagner said PennDOT will hold a bike rodeo for youngsters in the CNB Bank parking lot, just off Cherry Street.
Other kid’s activities will include face painting, crafts and of course “clowning around” with the local “Klowns.” Admission is free for this family-friendly event.
Wagner said tickets are currently on sale for a chicken barbecue that’s being hosted by the Clearfield Fire Department that evening. The cost is a $10 donation.
“So, lock your doors, turn out your lights and come on out to meet your community neighbors,” Wagner said.