Exciting details for the upcoming National Night Out in Marion have been announced, and there is still limited time to reserve a booth for the free communitywide event at the 5th Street Commons (5th & Washington) on August 6th, 2019 from 6 – 9pm.
Food trucks will open at 5pm featuring Pappie’s BBQ, Bloom Bakery, Tree of Life Youth Group’s ‘Elephant Toes,’ and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) bake sale. At 5:45pm, several motorcycle clubs will kick off National Night Out, followed by the National Anthem by Erin Purdy at 6pm. The evening will also feature live music by Glen Welch and a sneak-peak performance by Marion Civic Theatre. Mayor Alumbaugh will give a proclamation recognizing National Night Out at 7pm, as well as words of affirmation towards neighborhood engagement from Marion Police Chief Angela Haley and Fire Chief Geoff Williams. Both MPD and MFD will have K9s on site as well as a squad car and fire truck to explore, plus various giveaways. Police officers will have a dunk tank set up as well as raid gear with which community members may interact.
Features are still being added to the fun-packed event including prizes promoting neighborhood beautification. Prizes will include gift cards from local home improvement stores and items like rakes, shovels, garden gloves, and paint brushes.
One special giveaway is part of a collective effort of all active neighborhood associations called Project 365. The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) asks communities participating in NNO to choose a project to focus on until the next NNO. For the next 365 days, Marion neighborhoods have chosen to promote turning on more porch lights and displaying more house numbers. During the event, the first 50 people who visit the City of Marion booth will receive a blue light bulb. While supplies last, house numbers will also be distributed to residents in need. Neighborhood Association Coordinator Kayla Johnson explained, “Neighborhood leaders chose the color blue to symbolize police officers and the City of Marion.” Neighborhood leader Linda Wilk received a grant through Thrivent Financial for $250 to assist in purchasing blue light bulbs and house numbers for the program in addition to paying for the event’s DJ/MC. More information about Project 365 will be offered to residents who attend the event.
Booth space for National Night Out is still available and may be reserved by contacting Kayla Johnson by August 2nd. Call (765) 382‑3797 or email email@example.com. It is free to set up a booth whether food vendor, business, or non-profit.
National Night Out is being revived in Marion as an annual event. Visit the Facebook Event Page, National Night Out, Marion, IN, 2019, for further updates including parking and potential rain location.
About National Night Out: https://natw.org/