Local National Night Out is set for Tuesday, rain or shine

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Shown here is the local National Night Out flyer


From staff reports

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Elizabeth City Police Department’s signature community event is set for Tuesday evening at Waterfront Park.

The local National Night Out Against Crime is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and continue for five hours.

Police Cpl. T.J. Etheridge-Mitchell said that, as has been the tradition, the event will include a doughnut eating contest, beginning at 6 p.m. The contest usually attracts many firefighters and police officers, as well as residents, both adult and young, as contestants.

Etheridge-Mitchell said that, unless there’s a major thunderstorm, the National Night Out is going to be held, rain or shine.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for Tuesday evening calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m.

Etheridge-Mitchell said that at 5 p.m., all emergency personnel will be doing a live skit to demonstrate an emergency rescue followed at 7 p.m., by a special weapons and tactics demonstration.

Etheridge-Mitchell said the event will include lots of food, including barbecue, chicken wings, fish, French fries, funnel cakes, hot dogs and shrimp.

She also said there’s going to be livestock for petting and viewing. She also said among the many entertainment opportunities for youngsters, there’s going to numerous games, a bounce house and a trackless train.

A National Night Out event has long been held in Elizabeth City. In 2005, city police officials said they would take the local Night Out to a whole new level, in an effort to strengthen bonds of cooperation between citizens and police.