The 1st Annual National Night Out in Manawa at Lindsay Park this past Tuesday was a blast. Approximately 230 people enjoyed a grilling show by Mad Dog & Merrill, games and face painting, a meet and greet and demonstration with the Waupaca County K-9 Unit and tours of some of the fire trucks from the Manawa Rural Fire Department. Of course some food was served, along with Root Beer Floats. The weather was perfect, the breezes blowing through the park pavillion were sweet and the company was fantastic. There is something special about spending an evening with lots of folks you know, young and younger and sharing a few laughs and some fun. We had a great time working with the Manawa Police Department and Manawa CARES organizing this event. Like most events of this kind it would not have been possible without the generosity of both donations and time. So those of us from the Police Department, Manawa CARES and the Library thank the following for making National Night Out a success:
A. Sturm & Sons Foundation
1st State Bank
Little Wolf Automotive
Remington's Quality Foods
Andy & Sara Thomack
Mike and Brenda Thyssen
Badgerland ATV Travelers
The following volunteers who donated time or items to use made the night a success as well:
Sandy Cordes and the students in her leadership class (they organized all the games and face painting!)
Kerri, Gary and Kiether Jepson
Judy & Tim Trull
Thanks also to Rob Rosenau and the Manawa Rural Fire Department and Nick and Ike, the Waupaca County K-9 Unit partners.
And thanks to the City of Manawa for use of the park and to the City Crew for the prep work they did for this event!
There is already talk about next year's event. Mark your calendars! (Tuesday August 4, 2015)