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A smaller crowd, but bigger interaction at 'Night Out'

“A smaller crowd than normal” came out for the 14th annual National Night Out Tuesday evening at the Halifax County fairgrounds, according to South Boston Police Capt. B. K. Lovelace.

Lovelace estimated a crowd of 500 to 600 people attended the event.

 Although the crowd was small, Lovelace said he was pleased with the turnout.

“It was a small crowd, but this year the crowd was more interactive with law enforcement and the fire department,” Lovelace said.

 The keynote speaker for this year was the Rev. William Coleman president and CEO of Tri County Community Action. Coleman spoke to the crowd about bringing the community together.

 One of the biggest events of the night was the annual tug of war between the firefighters/EMS and law enforcement, with the firefighters winning.

“After four years we finally lost,” Lovelace said.

 The 50/50 raffle raised $70 this year, and the winner, Derwin Leigh, donated his portion to the National Night Out Scholarship fund.

Chris Doss and Tacianna Rone both won new bikes, and Frances Lloyd and Jakayla Lee were the lucky winners of tricycles following a drawing.

Ahomoni Ferrell won a car booster seat and Crystal Yancey won a car seat, following a drawing.

National Night Out was able to receive $532.03 from its sponsors this year.

The crowd enjoyed performances by Essence of Movement Dance Studio and We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Studio, and a host of community organizations had booths set up with different displays and concessions for the attendees.

The United Way of Halifax County staff and volunteers entertained the crowd with their “We’re All Better Together” skit and offered free temporary tattoos at their booth.  

 Tri-County community action offered face and body painting at their booth.

Other organizations in attendance included the Wounded Warrior Project, Mental Health America, New Direction Community Outreach, MADD, and the Substance Abuse Coalition.

Area firefighters conducted a smoke house demonstration, teaching those attending the demonstration how to stop, drop and roll to escape smoke. Firefighters also gave children the opportunity to douse some flames with a water hose.

  As apart of the RISE program, area law enforcement offered their drunk driving simulation, and they also displayed two wrecked cars as incentive for people to sign a pledge to wear their seat belts.

 The crowd also had a chance to participate in a couple of line dances like the Cupid shuffle, the wobble, the Cha cha and Electric Slide.

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