TENNERTON — Passing thunderstorms didn’t stop the community from enjoying the National Night Out event Tuesday evening. “We filled that time with prizes and music by DJ Brad Allen,” said Buckhannon Police Department’s Lt. Doug Loudin, who has helped coordinate the event for the past 15 years.
Over 535 people attended the free pool party held at the Upshur County Recreation Park. Lt. Loudin stated, “National Night Out started as a collaboration between police and community members to take a stand against violence in the community.” He continued, “We think it’s a great community event that gives us a chance to interact with the kids and community.” Loudin added, “We like to have fun and it helps to let people see us in a different light.”
The Upshur County Commission granted free use of the pool for annual the event. Buckhannon Walmart provided a $2,500 donation and Buckhannon Rotary contributed $750, which was used for the complimentary pizza, drinks and prizes. Among the door prizes given were four tablets, a 32” smart tv, a Nintendo Switch with a game and extra controller, four bicycles, a drone, remote controlled cars, a cookware set, roadside assistance items, collector coins, iTunes and restaurant gift cards.
The Buckhannon Police Department, Upshur County EMS, Ellamore VFD and Washington District VFD were all in attendance. Celebrate Recovery was on site providing information, as well as Dr. Reed’s tobacco prevention display and other community organizations.