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Clowns “Tweet” and “Chirp” made balloon creations during National Night Out in Greenleafton, Minn. on Tuesday evening August 5, 2014. At left: “Tweet” and Olivia Rindels, 5. At right: “Chirp” with Arianna Rindels, 3. Olivia and Arianna are the daughters of Nate and Bonnie Rindels of Greenleafton. Photo by Barb Jeffers
Hosted by the Greenleafton Reformed Church and its Missions Committee, the event brings hundreds of people to enjoy a night out with fellowship, food, and fun.
National Night Out, described as “America’s Night Out Against Crime” began in 1984 in “an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back” according to the events website, www.natw.org.
The friendly faces of Milo and Beth Broadwater, Charlotte Wright, and Bonnie Thomas welcomed people to the church and all of the activities that occurred around the outside of the building.
A delicious meal of pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, potato chips, water, and milk was provided. Missy Laneeslag and her daughter Morgan, 11, served fresh hot popcorn with the aroma traveling throughout the area drawing people in. The American Dairy Association served malts with several add-ins to choose from including cookie pieces, chocolate sauce, and caramel sauce.
Steve Arnold and Walter Bradley provided music that attendees of all ages enjoyed. The Harmony Care Center brought a van full of residents to National Night Out and they really enjoyed listening to some good old fashioned live music as well as watching kids participate in all of the activities.
Clowns “Tweet” and “Chirp” had children surrounding them as the two made balloon creations such as flowers, rabbits, dogs, and more. Many kids could be seen running around with the balloons showing them to their families.
Painted faces of young people could also be seen in Greenleafton as Carrie Mathison showed her talent. Mathison was painting the face of a very happy Shelby Hanson while other children waited patiently in line.
Alissa Stelpflug with the Harmony Telephone Company had a table set up to give information on internet safety. Stelpflug handed out color crayons along with an internet safety coloring and activity books, glow in the dark Frisbees, and also held a drawing for adults.
Preston Fire Department member Ryan Quanrud brought a fire truck for the kids to investigate and Preston Ambulance members Gina Shaw and Karen Everson were also on hand with useful information and demonstrations and held a drawing for a toy fire truck.
In an effort to promote the area’s police and community partnership Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen attended National Night Out visiting with area residents while enjoying watching the kids participate in the activities available.
A state sanctioned kids pedal tractor pull was held by Kid Power Pedal Tractor Pulls with the kids trying their hardest to move those pedals. Each participant received a can of pop while the top three finishers in each age group took home trophies. The winners can choose to move on to the state competition.
Miniature horses pulled little buggies to give kids rides which they really enjoyed. Theresa Doerr and her horse, Cheyanne, made the day for Benjamin Harwood, 4, when he got a chance to ride in a buggy. Benjamin’s parents are Sara and Taylor Harwood of Chanhassen, Minn. Sara grew up in Greenleafton and happened to be visiting family during National Night Out and was glad to have her family enjoy the tradition.
The train rides on the little train were also very popular as children climbed in and out, and then back in, to go for another ride with many kids staying on board for several trips around the parking lot.
Pastor Roger Lokker of Greenleafton Reformed Church was pleased to see so many people having fun during National Night Out and was grateful for the beautiful weather experienced during the event.
Approximately 450 people attended the National Night Out event this year, according to Greenleafton Reformed Church member Tonya Keim.
The -10th annual National Night Out event at Greenleafton Reformed Church provided a wonderful evening out for area residents to get together and enjoy each other’s company while promoting the idea behind National Night Out.