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South Boston Police Sgt. Mitch Bowen, Halifax Police Chief Stuart Comer and Sheriff Fred S. Clark cheer along with their fellow officers after they won the tug of war contest during National Night Out at Halifax County Fairgrounds on Tuesday evening.

Members of fire and rescue were given multiple shots to show off their strength, but it was ultimately members of the local police departments who were given the bragging rights after the tug of war at National Night Out on Tuesday night.

The event highlighted the evening of good fun before bicycles, tricycles and car seats were raffled off at the close of the event.

National Night Out is a nationwide event on the first Tuesday in August to enhance the relationships between community members and law enforcement.

This was the 20th year it has been held in Halifax County.

“I appreciate everyone coming out Tuesday,” said Sheriff Fred S. Clark. “It was indeed a definite success. It was a little warm, but the Lord provided us with a nice breeze throughout the evening.

“I appreciate all of the people who set up booths for the community event. I would also like to thank all sponsors who helped make it possible and especially DJ Kirby Saunders who volunteered to emcee the event.

“Special thanks also go out to Halifax County Social Services for volunteering to serve the hot dogs which they have done for a number of years.

“It’s always a blessing when the community come together for events such as this,” he added.

Families trickled into the Halifax County Fairgrounds early as they gathered informational pamphlets from local organizations and police departments before the annual parade of fire and police vehicles.

Throughout the evening, Tri-County Community Action Agency gave children the chance to participate in a doughnut eating contest and a watermelon-eating contest, while the National Wildlife Turkey Federation had their gun safety range.

Children bounced in bounce houses, threw baseballs at the dunking booth and danced to their hearts content as DJ Saunders emceed the evening.

The nights’ festivities were paused briefly for a moment of thanks when Dean Jones with Halifax Insurance Agency was presented with a plaque thanking him for his yearly support and sponsorship of National Night Out.

After the event, Gene Morris with Gene’s Orange Market and Andrea Sarnataro with Italian Delight also were presented awards for their continued yearly support and sponsorship of National Night Out.

Clark also extended special thanks to True Value, Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival, Fork Baptist Church, KJ’s Cake Creations, Sheetz and Windmill Bakery.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com