Halifax Co., VA - On National Night Out the empty stadium at Halifax County Middle School will be full of fun, thanks to this year's organizers.
"We start off with a parade, and after the parade, we kick off with entertainment and a speaker, so we have a lot of things in store," said Chaiperson Kim Carson.
Carson says this year a lack of volunteers and funding almost rained on the parade, but a last-minute push from Sheriff Fred Clark made all the difference.
"It shows the criminals that neighborhoods are working together and they are organized and willing to fight crime, " said Sheriff Fred Clark.
Pittsylvania County moved their Night Out event to April in order to avoid the heat, but in Danville, organizers aren't letting August temperatures stop them.
"Since the store opened here in Danville five years ago, we've hosted an event here, and this year, we're happy to say that it will be our kick off for National Night Out for the city of Danville, " said Target Team Leader Eric Frazier.
At the kick-off, there will be face-painting and fire truck demonstrations for kids.
"We wanted to shift that focus back to the roots of National Night Out and neighborhood watch, " said Corporal Timothy Scearce with Danville Police.
Police have encouraged individual neighborhoods to hold their own events, and with fourteen groups participating, they believe they've gotten back to the true purpose of National Night Out.
"We have over fifty percent of our individual neighborhood participating. That's what it's all about. Creating a partnership with the neighborhoods we're here to serve," Scearce said.
The parade in Halifax County will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and Danville's Target kick-off will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.
See a list of Roanoke's activities and their start times by clicking here.
Lynchburg will hold their Night Out celebrations on September 17.
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