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Pembroke Night Out attracts large crowd

Organizers of the third annual Pembroke National Night Out have deemed the event a big success.

The event, sanctioned by the Pembroke Police Department, drew around 200 residents for a night of family fun and standing up to crime in North Bryan.

"It was a great turnout for this community," said Pembroke police Chief Mark Crowe. "We had great response from local businesses too. Jennifer (Baxter) grilled up 250 hot dogs and they were gone as soon as they came off the grill. There was plenty of pizza, peanuts and all kinds of fun things to do as well."

Crowe said he and officers mingled with the attendees, discussing public safety issues and "a variety of other topics. It was just a lot of fun and great for us to meet and greet so many of the folks in our community."

Tonya Raulerson, who helped organize the event, said the band Mickey and the Can Kickers "was a big hit. They even let people go up and sing with the band, which made for a really fun atmosphere."

Other activities included face painting, an inflatable playground and balloon animals, which had a constant line of kids at the North Bryan Chamber booth.

"This was probably the best Night Out yet," Raulerson said. "It was really great to see the community come together like this. There were folks from all different parts of the city and everyone seemed to have a really good time."

The event concluded just after 10 p.m. with a flashlighted walk around the neighborhood.

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