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Heather Williams of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office applies face paint to Madalynn Goodwin of Sulphur at last year's National Night Out. (Kirk Meche / American Press Archives)

Heather Williams of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office applies face paint to Madalynn Goodwin of Sulphur at last year's National Night Out. (Kirk Meche / American Press Archives)

Sulphur to host National Night Out Aug. 5

Last Modified: Friday, August 01, 2014 2:43 PM

By Emily Fontenot / American Press

The city of Sulphur and the Sulphur Police Department will host their annual car show, food fair and organizational exhibition in celebration of National Night Out at the West Cal Arena next Tuesday, Aug. 5.

National Night Out is an event hosted by regional groups across the nation with the purpose of preventing crime through heightening awareness and strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and the community. Founded by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984, the event has grown from 2.5 million participants to over 37.8 million.

During Sulphur’s National Night Out, local law enforcement and public service departments will set up exhibits throughout the arena where people can get information, connect with officials and enjoy numerous kid-friendly displays. McGruff the Crime Dog will also get a special police escort into the arena for all the children in attendance.

Mel Estess, in charge of public relations, says he hopes the event will connect people with the organizations who serve them. He said he hopes the event “makes people aware of what they’ve got in the community and of who’s here to help them, to serve them and to protect them.”

A number of organizations will host exhibits at the event, including the Sulphur Police Department, Sulphur Fire Department, Acadian Ambulance, State Police, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Coast Guard and Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Sulphur Police and Homeland Security will each be displaying their mobile command centers, and the State Police will be exhibiting their Rollover Simulator.

The Zydecane Band will perform live at the event. Gatti’s will provide free pizza, and Walmart will provide free hotdogs. Local churches will also bring home-baked goods.

The annual Antique Car Show will be presented by the Contraband Chapter of Antique Automobile Club of America, and a total of 75-100 cars are expected to be in the exhibit this year. Estess said they expect around 1,000 people to attend the event, which lasts from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. that night.

“It’s a family deal,” Estess said. “We’ll have music, introductions, free food and a lot of fun.”

For more information, visit National Night Out’s website at natw.org, or contact Sulphur City Hall at 527-4500.

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