Often when the public comes in contact with members of the police or fire departments it’s at a bad time in a person’s life.
Police Chief Tim Hayworth said the idea behind Zebulon Night Out, which will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, is to offer residents a chance to get acquainted with public safety officers when everyone is more relaxed.
“It’s designed for members of the public to interact with the Police Department and the Fire Department in a non-stressful way,” Hayworth said. “What we certainly want is for the public to come out and have a fun night out with the Police Department and the Fire Department.”
The Fire Department will have a fire hose demonstration set up for all children and adults to test their aim. There will be other fire equipment set up, too, and rides in an antique fire truck.
The Police Department will be running a texting and driving simulation with golf carts for kids to experience firsthand the dangers of distracted driving. There will also be DNA kits that allow parents to provide a hair sample of their children that might help located them if they went missing. The police will also be registering bicyles with an ID number in case of theft.
The Parks and Recreation Department is also providing entertainment, with corn hole, a bounce house, speed pitching, a Carolina Hurricanes slap shot game and a rock-climbing wall. The festival also includes free hot dogs and chips, a DJ and door prizes.
This will be the 15th year of Zebulon Night Out. The event used to be held in August to coincide with the National Assocation of Town Watch’s National Night Out, but the date was changed to the fall after it fell on a particularly hot night about 10 years ago, Hayworth said. “It was just a miserable time and we decided to move it to October,” he said.
Matt Goad: 919-829-4826