Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.
Cary, NC – Tuesday was National Night Out, billed as America’s Night Out Against Crime. CaryCiitzen visited two event locations in Lochmere and Cary Park.
National Night Out (NNO) in Cary, NC
The 28th Annual NNO brought out citizens, police, firemen, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.
In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2010.
In Cary, we had a good crowd at both locations I visited, too.
My first stop was Lochmere Swim & Tennis where the citizenry was out in force.
How often do you see a painting instructor with a badge?
This youngster was taking it all in.
Target has long been a sponsor of NNO. Local staff was cooking up hot dogs and chilling with the crowd.
Somebody lost a balloon. We watched it fly away to the clouds.
Policemen were the stars of the show at Lochmere, giving out balloons, coloring books, stickers and more. Mostly, it was just hobnobbing with the community.
Cary Park is West of NC-55 off Green Level Church Road. Their NNO was at the community center.
Police Chief Pat Bazemore was at Cary Park.
Mayor Harold Weinbrecht was there as well. He was at Lochmere, too.
KIds love playing in police cars.
Residents of Cary Park got to meet a real police dog. I did not know that in Cary, police dogs live their entire lives with their assigned officers.
As evening crept into the sky, the fire engine turned on its lights and pulled away, bringing an end to the 28th National Night Out.