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New venue pays off for National Night Out

More than a thousand people of all ages came out in support of Halifax County’s National Night Out Tuesday evening at its new location at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium at the Halifax County Middle School.

According to South Boston Police Department Capt. B.K. Lovelace, this was one of the “better events” that they have held with higher attendance this year than last year.

“We had an excellent turnout,” said Lovelace.

Many of the attendees came to enjoy the music, demonstrations and cake.

Candice Powell of South Boston came out Tuesday because her daughter, Zoey, loves coming every year and watching all the demonstrations.

She added that she was happy for the change to a new location. 

“I came to bring the kids and have fun,” said Kelly Bomar of Crystal Hill.

Sisters Jozlyn and Katrina Hill said their favorite parts of the night was getting all the free stuff from the booths, seeing the dog demonstration by law enforcement and eating the cake.

“This is our first year attending and we’ve really enjoyed it,” said mother Misty Hill.

Following the annual parade of law enforcement, fire and rescue, Pastor Noman Talley gave the invocation, 9-year-old Kristen Wellons sang the National Anthem and the honorable Judge Joel Cunningham gave welcoming remarks.

Various groups had booths set up around the stadium for youngsters to visit, Essence of Movement dance studio performed, music was enjoyed, but the highlight of the evening came when law enforcement went up against firefighters in the annual tug-o-war. For the second year in a row the firefighters defeated law enforcement.

Before ending the evening bicycles, tricycles, over 30 book bags, car seats and booster seats were given away, and a 50/50 and a raffle were drawn for lucky winners.

“I loved how the community came together,” said Kristy LaFluer of South Boston.

Lovelace said, “We overall appreciate the big turnout and look forward to doing it again next year.”  

 

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