National Night Out coming round again, Aug. 6

Jordan Gerard

Come out to the Fest Building and get to know your neighbors and emergency personnel at National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fest Building.

The event has been held for the last 18 years around the country and in Spring Grove.

“The focus of the night is to get everyone together in a fun atmosphere,” Spring Grove Police Chief Paul Folz said. “It’s a chance for us to engage with people in a non-enforcement mode, where we aren’t enforcing the law or rules. It’s more laid back.”

Folz added it’s important to know your neighbors, because people care more when they know them well.

“You’re more likely to call if something is wrong at your neighbor’s or if they are in need,” he said. “If you don’t like your neighbor, you don’t pay attention that much.”

There will also be the chance to meet Officer Josè Martinez and possibly other emergency personnel. No one is excluded from attending any National Night Out celebration anywhere.

“It’s also the one night a year I can get kids on a sugar high and send them home with their parents,” Folz joked. “It’s one night of the week you don’t have to cook.”

Pork burgers, a side dish, chips and beverages will be available. Door prizes will also be given away.

Kids can have fun on the playground or with inflatables from J&J Amusements in Winona.

“The event grows a little every year,” Folz said. “Everyone is always happy when they come here. We enjoy it.”

The event is not address specific, as anyone from any town can go to any National Night Out event.