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National Night Out and Ice Cream Social Draws Big Crowds

Kiva Makes Great Seating Area

Even with school starting in Prowers County on August 16th, it’s still very much summer.  Due in part to we’re just starting August with the summer heat, the aroma of hamburgers on the grill and young kid’s voices as they line up for their meal at this year’s National Night Out, combined with the Lamar Chamber’s Ice Cream Social at Willow Creek Park.

Good Tasting and So Good For You

This year’s event, Tuesday, August 1, was located by the kiva on the eastern side of Willow Creek Park and along with the hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream, there was mounds of potato chips and chunks of iced cold watermelon, another sign of summer. “We served about 550 people last year and this time we have enough food for around 700 or more,” said Lamar Police Chief, Kyle Miller.  He estimated from 700 to 800 persons went through the hamburger line.  People brought lawn chairs, listened to the music from Vic Coberley’s sound system, squinted in the evening sun and waited in line for their chance for the free evening meal and ice cream dessert, prepared by the Lamar Police Department and Chamber board members, with an assist from the Lamar Fire and Ambulance crew and Lamar Parks and Recreation Department.   A climbing wall was set up so youngsters could hitch themselves to a safety line and climb up about 30 feet and take a bird’s eye view of the park.  A dunk tank was waiting to be filled with water for some evening fun and music and a movie, plus a free swim in the Lamar Pool were all on the agenda.  Some youngsters just had to move closer to the fire engine and touch some of the parts within their reach.  ADT, which offers various professional and home-based security systems, was a participating sponsor.

 

I Wonder What This Does?

There was also some business at hand, as the police, aside from those sweating over the grill full of charcoal cooked burgers, were manning several tents and handing out information for the Night Out Event, as well as answer some questions regarding the Police Explorer Group which meets alternating Sunday evenings at the Lamar City Complex. The group of youngsters has been in operation for almost a year, teaching interested kids in various law enforcement related matters.  Several were manning the food booths, outfitted in their brown tee shirts which marked their membership.

This is Child’s Play!

As the evening progressed and the shadows grew longer on the parks’ lawn, some parents were breaking out insecticides and putting some protection on their kids; while others found a seat in or near the hill surrounding the kiva and the fire pit, getting ready for the s’more’s that would round out the evening along with the nighttime outdoor movie.

By Russ Baldwin

 

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