On Tuesday evening, Aug. 7, Waterville Valley’s Department of Public Safety partnered with their public safety colleagues from Campton and Thornton to host the first ever local National Night Out at the Sugar Shack campground in Thornton.
National Night Out is a nationwide initiative created by law enforcement agencies in an effort to foster a sense of community and build relationships with local public safety officials.
It was rewarding to see how many individuals and businesses supported the event with donations of time, money and services – including a lot of folks from Waterville Valley.
Waterville Valley Elementary School student, 7-year-old Sophia Poghossian-Roswell, opened the event by singing the National Anthem. (I’ll be writing more about amazing Sophia in another blog post.)
Waterville Valley Police Chief David Noyes emceed the event and his team at the Waterville Valley Fire Department created a ‘foam room,’ participated in police and fire demonstrations, as well as the police vs. fire department tug-of-war (won, by the way, by the fire departments!).
Waterville Valley Resort brought its climbing tower, bungee trampoline and Onewheel personal electric vehicles. There were children’s games, a balloon artist, dunk booth, classic cars, live music, characters and burgers, ice cream and beverages.
Kudos to my colleague and friend Debbie Duffy who worked her tail off all evening, serving up food and drinks to the crowd.
Here are some photos, courtesy of the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety.