Community building

National Night Out is back on Aug. 3 after a year off due to the pandemic

LuAnn Jackson and Sheriff Doug Timmons pose with two young friends at a previous National Night Out event. The event was canceled last summer due to the pandemic. Timmons said this year’s event, set for Aug. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m., will feature a meal, activities and displays for kids and ice cream treats.

Hamilton County residents are invited to join area law enforcement agencies on Tuesday, Aug. 3 for the annual National Night Out, planned for West Twin Park in Webster City.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships while bringing back a true sense of community. It is an opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances, said Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Timmons. Communities all over the nation participate in the annual evening of fun.

“The program is a community-policing project that helps the community get to know us,” he said, adding that the activities and attractions at the event are geared toward children, but the whole family is invited.

“We can build those relationships so they’re not afraid of us and know that we’re just like everyone else. They need to know that we’re there to help when they need us,” he said.

The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. will include a meal of grilled hot dogs and brats, thanks to Webster City Custom Meats, Hy-Vee and Fareway. The Boy Scouts will help with the serving and the Hamilton County Cattlemen will bring in their big grill for the night.

Karl Chevrolet is donating ice cream treats for the event, according to Timmons.

Children will have an opportunity to play in a bounce house, provided by WCF Financial Bank and the Iowa National Guard will have their climbing wall on site.

In addition, the event will feature displays by participating agencies, including the Sheriff’s Office, Webster City Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Hamilton County Conservation, Webster City Fire Department and Van Diest Medical Center. There will be a vintage police car on display and plenty of photo opportunities, according to Timmons.

“We’ve got some music planned and there are few new things this year,” he said.

Last year’s National Night Out was sidelined due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic


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