MOULTRIE — Think of National Night Out as a big party. The whole town’s invited. In fact, the whole country is invited to parties just like the one planned for Mack Tharpe Stadium on Tuesday.

Organizers are calling it “A Going Away Party for Crime and Drugs.”

Of course, as residents are wolfing down free hot dogs and listening to local musicians, Moultrie police will be making contacts, showing their faces, getting to know the people who may one day call on them for help.

“It certainly brings an awareness to the community of public safety,” said Moultrie Mayor Bill McIntosh. “… Awareness of things that can be done to make us all safer.”

McIntosh said National Night Out makes local law enforcement more accessible to the community, and it gives residents information to better take care of themselves.

“It’s a good public relations for both sides,” he said.

National Night Out has been around for 25 years; Moultrie joined in 2004. Last year an estimated 1,200 Moultrians took part. They were among 35 million nationwide, according to the NNO website at

This year’s event will be 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the football stadium, according to organizer Claire Feazel. Local Christian band Crossing 47 and the Christopher Roberson Gospel Choir from Mother Easter Church will perform, and there will be demonstrations of dance and martial arts.

Information will be available at 20 tables and booths during the event, including the Moultrie Police and Fire departments, the Colquitt County Health Department, Communities in Schools, and many others. Games will be sponsored by the YMCA.

“We’re hoping people will be more aware of programs available in Moultrie and Colquitt County,” Feazel said.

For more information, call Feazel at 890-5405.

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