Parade to highlight National Night Out

National Night Out, set for Aug. 3 at Jefferson Park, is a chance to congregate in the name of safety.



Kitt Kucza, 7, chats with McGruff at Jefferson Park late Monday morning as part of a National Night Out preview and awareness effort for the August 3rd scheduled event. July 26, 2010


Seven-year-old Diamond Herrera (bottom) had a nose too small to accommodate the temporary tattoo with all the information for National Night Out as she and friend Samantha Richards, 11, waited to greet McGruff at Jefferson Park late Monday morning. McGruff and scads of the temporary tats were out to drum up awareness with kids and parents for the upcoming National Night out scheduled for August 3rd. McGruff and police volunteers will be at Washington Park on Tuesday and Pioneer Park on Wednesday. July 26, 2010

WALLA WALLA -- A parade of emergency vehicles will kick off this year's National Night Out event, scheduled for Aug. 3 at Jefferson Park.

National Night Out is a national event in which communities step out to reclaim their neighborhoods while interacting with neighbors in the name of public safety.

Locally, the event at Jefferson Park at Ninth Avenue and Malcolm Street draws hundreds of community members and dozens of representatives from various agencies and organizations.

In all, more than 25 agencies will be represented at the event with information booths, resources, and activities for children.

To get the event kicked off early this year, the city's Crime Prevention Unit and volunteers with the Walla Walla Area Crime Watch scheduled visits to area parks where children are participating in recreational activities. The visits included free tattoo stickers and special guest McGruff.

New this year will be a parade of emergency services vehicles, scheduled to start at 5:40 p.m. on Orchard Street by the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds and making its way to the park.

The parade will end with emergency services vehicles on display throughout the evening. Guests of all ages will get a chance to tour the vehicles and interact with law enforcement and emergency responders.

The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at the park and lasts through 7:30 p.m.

Special appearances by McGruff and Scruff, the Crash Dummies and Ronald McDonald are planned.

Free concessions will include hot dogs, root beer floats, beverages and snacks courtesy of Banner Bank. A shred truck, sponsored by the Bank Security Managers Association and RSVP, will also be located at the park for anyone wishing to shred sensitive documents for free.

National Night Out in Walla Walla is hosted by the Walla Walla Area Crime Watch and the Walla Walla Police Department.

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When: Aug. 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Jefferson Park, Ninth Avenue and Malcolm Street.

Cost: Free and open to the public. Free concessions include hot dogs, root beer floats, and beverages. A shredding truck will also be on location.

Details: Area residents are invited to interact with each other while learning about the area's agencies and resources. Emergency vehicles will be on display and arrive at the park through a short parade originating on Orchard Street about 5:40 p.m.


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