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Lamar County’s first responders are holding the first local Texas Night Out event 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Love Civic Center pavilion.
“We’re inviting the community out,” Fire Chief Larry Wright said. “It’s going to be a fun deal.”
Participating organizations include Citizens on Patrol, Paris and Reno police, Paris and Reno fire departments, Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, CareFlite and others.
Plans include giveaways, food, drinks, bounce houses and a police course with “drunk goggles.”
“We’ll let kids see the fire trucks and police cars and the helicopter,” Wright said. “We’re going to cook at least 800 hot dogs.”
Texas Night out is based on National Night Out, which takes place in August.
National Association of Town Watch introduced “America’s Night Out Against Crime” in 1984. The program encourages crime prevention through community events that allow people to get to know one another.
In 2008, the Texas Police Chiefs Association requested the state’s event be moved to the first Tuesday of October due to the extreme Texas heat.
The traditional National Night Out event is a neighborhood block party, but other community events take place, as well.
“It was tough to get everyone in Paris to have the block parties,” Wright said. “We decided to have a central event where people could come together.”
By Jeff Parish, eParisExtra