National Night Out a success in Newberry

By Elyssa Parnell

August 8, 2014

NEWBERRY — Newberry’s National Night Out event, held Tuesday, had one of their largest turnouts, according to Mayor Foster Senn.

The event, held at Marion Davis Park in Newberry, brought the community together to educate residents on how to keep their neighborhoods safe.

National Night Out is a nationwide evening for neighborhoods across the country to get out and “give crime a going away party” through community awareness and involvement.

Police and fire departments were present to provide parents and children with information not only on how to keep their neighborhoods safe, but their individual homes safe.

Much more advertising was done this year, according to Mary Alex Kopp, city tourism and events coordinator.

Activities such as three-legged races, a balloon toss, cornhole games, and inflatables were available for the community to enjoy.

Participants were able to visit police and fire department setups where they received a sticker. Once a sticker was obtained from both departments, children could register for a ping-pong ball drop. The winner, Zaytraivius Cromer, received a prize package from the City of Newberry.

The City of Newberry Parks, Recreation, and Tourism office provided free pizza and drinks to those in attendance.

“It was a big success,” Senn said. “We had about 400 people, with many of those youth. It was really good to see the children and youth having fun and interacting with the policemen and firemen.”