Lenoir police to take over downtown Tuesday night for National Night Out

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 11:57 AM

Lenoir police will be in downtown Lenoir on Tuesday night, but for all the right reasons.

The department is holding its annual National Night Out event, designed to increase awareness about police programs in the community, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is part of a nationwide effort that typically takes place the first Tuesday in August, but the summertime heat prompted Lenoir to move the event to October instead.

“One of the biggest complaints we heard about in previous years was the heat in August,” Chief Scott Brown said. “Last year we held it on the first Tuesday in October, when the weather was cooler and more enjoyable.”

Event coordinators wanted to create more of a festival atmosphere, which also involved moved the event from in front of the police department to the square at West Avenue and Main Street. New activities also are planned, including more interactive displays such as an enclosed shooting range provided by the N.C. Wildlife Commission, a downtown tram ride by Johnny Wilson Farms, live music by Tim Hall and Buffalo Country, a police car show from area departments, and a poster contest from the five Lenoir elementary schools. The student who wins the contest will receive a free Nook e-reader provided by the Lenoir Police Department.

Several downtown businesses will stay open late for the event. Streets will close at 5 p.m. to stop incoming traffic and allow organizers to set up.

“We are looking forward to the event this year,” Brown said. “National Night Out is a great event for the community and police to interact together in a relaxed environment.”