NEW ULM - A celebration of unity against crime and supporting troops and their families takes place 5 to 8:30 o'clock tonight at the Brown County Fairgrounds.
National Night Out (NNO) began in 1984 to increase awareness of community police programs like drug prevention, town watch/Neighborhood Watch, and other anti-crime efforts.
The local event adds something new each year.
"There is something for everybody - good food, free music and lots of attractions. Everyone is welcome, just bring a good appetite," said New Ulm Police Officer Julie Duehring who helped coordinate the National Night Out Rally with New Ulm Police Commander Dave Borchert and Dave Clark of New Ulm.
For the first time, the Brown County Beyond The Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) campaign joins National Night Out.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness of connecting military service members and their families with community support, training and resources.
If you go:
What: National Night Out Rally
Where: Brown County Fairgrounds
When: 5-8:30 p.m. today
"We got together with them because we see them as a new group of people interested in this concept. It's a good partnership with them. They've added some new ideas and dimensions we couldn't do before," Clark said.
He encouraged attendance.
"We're looking for the best NNO ever. It sounds like the weather will be cooler and drier," Clark sai d.
Happy Joe's Pizza, plus a barbecue pork dinner, provided by Brothers Boneless Grille of Courtland, will be served with pork sandwiches, baked beans, chips, cookies and beverages. Take-outs are available.
Tickets, available at Hy-Vee, Cash Wise, New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, Citizens Bank and MBW Company. The cost is $7 in advance and $8 at the gate.
Other events, which start at 5 p.m., include a kids area with a Minnesota National Guard Climbing Wall, Fire Safety Hopper, other games and information tables.
A fund-raising dunk tank will feature New Ulm Police Chief Myron Wieland, Brown County Chief Deputy Jason Seidl, Target employee Tony Hudson and possibly others. A silent auction offers more than 100 donated items. Classic cars and emergency vehicles will be on display.
At 6:30 p.m., the colors will be presented across from the Izaak Walton League Building, followed by the Patriot Guard and Freedom Riders and community awards.
The Jack McGowan Magic Show begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by the Concord Singers at 7:15 p.m. and a New Ulm Police Department K-9 demonstration with officer Brady Murphy handling Juneau, the police dog at 8 p.m.
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