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One of things I love about living in Williamston is the community. It is an inviting town with friendly residents, lots of fun community events and activities to partake in and I love it that I can find adventure in my own town.

On Tuesday, August 4th, Williamston Police Department hosted the 6th annual “National Night Out” event in McCormick Park from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm.  The weather was fantastic showing a sunny sky without excess heat. The kids loved that the weather was perfect for playing in the firetruck hose spray.

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It was fun to see the parking lot at the park used for this activity.

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There was also a big tent full of games and activities for the families to enjoy along with a bike rodeo where police officers and reserves conducted bike safety checks and safety education for the kids.  Families checked out the first ever John Pelong Car Show and folks even brought their own antique cars for viewing and possible awards.

This family oriented event is free to the community including refreshments such as pulled pork sandwiches, hotdogs on the grill, chips, popcorn, soda-pop and more! The National Anthem was performed and the American Flag held up to the sky in the park by the boy-scouts, family members and community volunteers.


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Live music started around 6:30 and fun tunes were played including classics like Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”. Willow and Cedar, the friendly donkeys who are often at the local Farmer’s Market on Sundays, were working this event by pulling the farm wagon through the park and downtown streets.


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“This was an very busy event and over 25oo people from Williamston and nearby towns visited to enjoy the 1000 pounds of pork” shares Teri Nelson (Program Coordinator). D & W Fresh Market donated a lot of the food and Old Nation Brewing Company supported the event supplying their new root beer to try. Funds for this event are donations from local and outside businesses and a big fundraiser event held at Sunnyside Cafe in May.

Another thing, I love about Williamston is how you are bound to run into someone you know and I saw both family and friends at this event. It is nice to live in a town where community matters. Take the time and attend events like this–you won’t be disappointed.


Liz Ball

About Liz Ball

Liz Ball is a freelance writer focusing on Michigan travel and local events in her community.