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National Night Out draws thousands

POSTED: August 4, 2012 10:30 a.m.
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K.J. Farrell, 2, of Richmond Hill checks out the inside of the Chatham County Mosquito Control helicopter Tuesday during National Night Out in J.F. Gregory Park.

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Despite rain showers during the day, thousands of people came together Tuesday at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill to celebrate National Night Out.
Children were the focus of the festivities as they were provided with activities like face-painting, a dunking-booth with a police officer inside, a rock-climbing wall, waterslides and even a visit from Ronald McDonald.
This was the fourth annual National Night Out in Richmond Hill and the attendance has risen steadily each year. This year, there was a free raffle offered to attendees, one ticket per person — providing organizers with an easy way to gauge how many people came out to the event.
“We gave out over 4,000 raffle tickets and we suspect that there were even more people than that by the end of the night,” said Cpl. Susan Willis of the RHPD, the officer who spearheaded the planning of the event.
The RHPD provided more than 2,000 free hot-dogs, which were cooked on Wayne Jackson’s behemoth “Grillzilla,” a 35-feet-long travelling patio. There were also plenty of free soft drinks and bottled water, which were donated by Clyde’s Market and Coca-Cola.

Read more about National Night Out in the Aug. 4 edition of the News.

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