Approximately 800 people came to C.W. Day Park in Hanceville for free lemonade and pizza, mechanical bull riding, talking with local law enforcement, and outdoor fun at the annual Kids’ Night Out event on Friday.
The City of Hanceville, area churches, American Protein and multiple area businesses donated funds to make school supply bags, which were handed out to students. Park Director Bobby Duff said Kids’ Night Out is something the community looks forward to each year.
“It’s a great time for the kids, and a lot of people donate to the event to make it a success,” Duffie said. “I couldn’t name all of the churches and businesses who give their time and money to the event, whether it be helping with the school supply bags or bringing a tent and serving pizza. The community really comes together for it.”
Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail said the event always draws a crowd, but even with the not-so-great weather, they still managed a great turnout for the two-hour outdoor festivities.
Riding the mechanical bull was a fan favorite, especially for 14-year-old Hanceville student Jesse Sprinkle.
“The bull was definitely my favorite part,” Sprinkle said.
The park pool was open for swimming, as well as pizza, chicken, drinks, toys, and school supplies.
The law enforcement helicopter, fire trucks, Cullman County Diving boat, and enforcement vehicles were all on scene for children and adults to see and also meet with the officials, ask questions, and get free information packets and coloring books.
Many community members assembled 550 bags filled with school supplies for students and were given out at the event to help get them ready to start the new school year.
The Hanceville Police Department, Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and diving team, Cullman City Police Department, Alabama State Troopers, Cullman Fire and Rescue and EMS team, and Baileyton Fire Department all joined in on the outdoor activities.
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