MASON CITY — Mason City is joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "Annual National Night Out" crime and drug prevention event on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

A free, fun-packed family fun night is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. at East Park by the Band Shell.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, and co-sponsored locally by the Community Policing Advisory Board, and the Mason City Police Department. It is supported in part by Target Stores and the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Awareness.

National Night Out is an annual event that involves all segments of the community to build a healthier, safe community; generate support for anti-crime and anti-drug programs; and strengthen community relations with the police.

In addition to complimentary hot dogs, chips, and pop, there will be drawings for prizes, face painting, Half Pint the Clown, inflatable bouncers, a Kid Power Pedal Tractor Pull and demonstrations and displays from various community service organizations. Music will be provided by DJ Brian Carlson.

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