National Night Out, a nation-wide program, will take place Wednesday, August 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event has been moved to Lake Farley Park this year because of road construction on Highway 12.
“We don’t feel moving the event to Lake Farley will take away from the activities and events we have planned,” stated Milbank Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke.
In conjunction with the event, the fire department will serve brats and burgers in its annual fundraiser event. Proceeds from the feed go to the fire hall. The fire department will have demonstrations and activities for the children. “We will add some new activities this year,” said Schuelke, without revealing those activities.
The Milbank Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol and Game, Fish and Parks officers will also be present at the event. The group added a new Big Wheels obstacle course for kids this year. “We will have traffic signs and other items to teach the kids traffic safety as well as having fun,” noted Milbank Police Chief Boyd VanVooren.
Root beer floats and cotton candy will be served, and each department will have vehicles for children and adults to check out.
National Night Out is an event to promote community awareness and get acquainted with neighbors and officers. “The event is a family fun night to get to know people in the community and to help protect our neighbors,” said VanVooren. “Come out for a family-fun night.”
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