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Fairgrounds to host Hagerstown National Night Out

August 01, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The public is invited Tuesday night to Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown to participate in National Night Out, an annual event that promotes child safety and helps forge bonds between the community and police.

About 350 people turned out for last year's event to enjoy free food and watch entertainment that featured motivational rapper Sterlin Barr, who delivered an anti-crime message, said Carolyn Brooks, coordinator of the Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement (C-SAFE) program for Washington County.

"It's free and open to everyone," Brooks said. "It's a win-win situation for the community as well as law enforcement."

The event will feature clowns, face painting and a dunk tank, Brooks said. Members of the Hagerstown Fire and Police departments also will be on hand to offer safety demonstrations, she said.

C-SAFE, Target, the City of Hagerstown and the Hagerstown Housing Authority are some of the sponsors of this year's National Night Out, Brooks said. The program also receives a grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, she said.

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In the past, National Night Out was held in neighborhoods, but it was moved to Fairgrounds Park last year to accommodate more people, Brooks said.

If you go



What: National Night Out

When: Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Fairgrounds Park, Hagerstown

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