HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Harrisburg is getting ready for its annual National Night Out celebration. It will be held next Tuesday, August 2.

The night will feature more than 80 vendors, food trucks, pony rides, and games all centered around a carnival theme.

National Night Out is a way for police to strengthen their connection to the community. Kids will also be able to see and learn about the many vehicles first responders use. It is a way for the community to interact with the police in an informal setting.

“Just once again being able to understand that the police are people and we’re part of this community. Some of us live here, those who don’t live here, we work here so we’re still a part of this community and it shows that we care,” Captain Milo Hooper with the Harrisburg Bureau of Police said.

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“Children obviously they’re molded and shaped and they are sponges so I think when you are able to get to them in a young age and share these sort of new experiences and these encounters and positive encounters with first responders and officers I think it’s very important to do so,” said Chardan Huston, director of community relations and engagement.

National Night Out Harrisburg starts at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Camp Curtain Academy, which located on North Sixth Street.

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