Natl night out

Mini ponies were a popular attraction at last year's National Night Out, and are planned to make another appearance at the event on Oct. 2.

Community members are welcomed to come and spend some quality time with local first responders at the annual National Night Out celebration, scheduled for Oct. 2

National Night Out was began in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. The event is meant to bring community members closer to first responders in their area.

According to the NATW website, 38 million people in 16,000 different communities participated in the event in 2016.

Commerce’s yearly observance has been a popular attraction in recent years, and the 2018 iteration is expected to be no different in that regard. Commerce Police Corporal Angela Price says that she expects the event on Oct. 2 to bring many people in the community together.

“This event is vital for building relationships with the local population,” Price said. “It allows us to take some time to talk on a personal level with the people that live here.”

Plenty of attractions are lined up for National Night Out this year. The event will take place at the Commerce Police and Fire Stations, located at 1103 Sycamore Street near downtown. The Hunt County Sheriff’s Posse will be in attendance with their horses, dwarfing the mini-ponies that will be there from the Lil’ Texas Stars Ranch. The Li-Sher Dance Studio and Commerce Cheerleading Association will give performances, and there will be dunking booths and inflatable attractions. A cake walk will be held, and other organizations such as area churches will also set up shop to talk to community members.

Price says that while last year’s NNO was rained on by heavy downpours, she believes that the event was still successful in bringing the community together. She expects more of that next week.

“National Night Out has grown every year in Commerce,” Price said. “I really do find it heartwarming that we can create unity in our community like we do.”

National Night Out is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 2

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