National Night Out is a big deal in the Verde

Cottonwood's National Night Out gathering has something for everyone. VVN file photo by Vyto Starinskas

Cottonwood's National Night Out gathering has something for everyone. VVN file photo by Vyto Starinskas

For more than 30 years, Americans have gathered together with local police agencies to take a National Night Out against crime. Organized by the National Association for Town Watch, the event has spread nationwide and evolved into a picnic-fair-educational environment with food, soda, interaction with cops, local non-profit education and display activities.

Here's a listing of this year's NNO events in the upper Verde Tuesday August 4.


Cottonwood's National Night Out gathering has something for everyone.

Dozens of businesses and donors have made this a great annual event in Cottonwood.

It's all arrayed on the grass at the Cottonwood Kids Park, at 12th Street and Cherry near the Verde Valley Fairgrounds between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Aug. 4.

Volunteer organizer Jim Iacovacci says there will be some of the familiar and some new attractions this year.

Many demonstrations that have proven popular in the past such as K-9s nose-out drug contraband, and Taser demonstrations.

This year, the Cottonwood Fire Department will also show its skills and special equipment used in extracting a trapped victim from a crushed vehicle.

Look for Tae Kwon Do demonstrations and more.

There will be three bounce houses for the kids, but also the jousting ring introduced last year will be back.

Competitors will be fitted with protective clothing for each joust.

There will be demonstration of bicycle safety and freebies.

Iacovacci expects 1,800 to 2,000 people will be served up free hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, water, ice cream, popcorn and snow cones.

About 45 organizations will have displays of their activities all over the Kids Park grass.

This is a big one. Don't miss it.


The Clarkdale Police Department will team up with the Jerome Police Department for this year's National Night Out when the fun and activities are spread out at the Clarkdale Town Park from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Come out and meet local police officers and neighbors and enjoy the free food, soda and ice cream, thanks to the Main Street Café, Safeway, #1 Foods and a donation from Hanson Aggregate and more. Clarkdale Fire crews also get in on the act.

Plenty of traditional fun activities are planned, including a dunk tank.

Try your hand at dunking Police Chief Randy Taylor, Manager Gayle Mabery or Mayor Doug Von Gausig. That should be fun!

Grab the end of that rope for a huge tug of war. Kids will enjoy 3-legged races, burlap bag races and face painting. Lots of fun for the kids and family.

See demonstrations by Flip City Gymnastics and KC's Family Tae Kwon Do students.

Participate in a 50/50 and other raffles to benefit a fund for bullet proof vests and door prizes. For more information call Yvonne at the Clarkdale Police Dept. 649-7700.


Sedona residents and visitors are invited to join thousands of communities nationwide in celebrating the Annual National Night Out with safety presentations and a free community picnic on Tuesday, August 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Posse Grounds Park in Sedona. National Night Out is intended to: heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; introduce other services available in the community and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Come out and enjoy free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and water donated by local merchants along with live demonstrations, music, and a wide range of information on public safety topics.

Those attending can see the latest in law enforcement, firefighting, safety and rescue equipment, learn ways to make their homes and streets safer as well as meet community public safety officials.

Sedona's celebration is hosted by the Sedona Police Department with participation from numerous public service agencies and private organizations including DPS, Friends of the Forest, Sedona Fire District, Arizona Rangers, Arizona Attorney General's Office and Sedona Food Bank.

This year's celebration is being organized by the Sedona Police Volunteers. For additional information, please contact Sherri O'Connor at 203-5170.


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