National Night Out in Middletown (Photos)
MIDDLETOWN—There were more people than ever at Middletown’s National Night Out party on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The community made the most of the free event to get out and have fun on this perfect summer’s night. The town let off fireworks over the lake, which completed a perfect evening.
Local D.J. Victor Vargas of Vargas Productions hosted the night and the music was good. He got the crowd, which included toddlers, teens, and adults, moving and laughing. The energy was light and felt good.
National Night Out is a police organized event, meant to encourage strong communities that stand up against and beat crime, so that neighborhoods are safe places to live and families aren’t afraid to go out at night.
Middletown Police Chief Ray Bethencourt was out mingling at the Fancher Davidge Park along with Officer John Ewanciw, making sure everybody was having a good time and staying safe. The event went from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
“There are at least a couple of thousand people here. This year there are more people than ever, maybe because of the fireworks,” Ewanciw said.
As dusk came on, a group of kids got up on stage and threw out free gifts. Hundreds of hands reached up to catch glow in the dark necklaces, bracelets, and bouncy balls. Kids kept dancing as families settled on the grass with blankets and chairs to watch the fireworks, which started at 9 p.m. and went for half-an-hour.
The event was such a success, it’s bound to be another fantastic night next year, as long as the weather is right.