Bath County’s National Night Out is Saturday July 19


National Night Out is Saturday in Bath County.  The event is sponsored by the Bath County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Bath Parks and Recreation Department and Douthat State Park.  

“It basically gets the community out, community oriented event,” says Bath County Sheriff Robert Plecker.  “Music, fun games, different things for the different age groups.  I’m just trying to add to it every year, make it a little bit nicer, a little bit more eventful.”

This is the second National Night Out that Sheriff Plecker has organized.  Last year’s event brought out about two hundred people.

“It’s supposed to be a National Night Out Against Crime is the way it was originally set to be,” says Plecker.  “Family oriented, like last year, we’ll do free ice cream and we’ll have watermelon for everyone, kids, everybody. But this year one of the different things is we’re going to have different games.  I’m wanting to do a corn hole tournament.  And if anybody has boards and wants to bring them, I would really like to have them bring their boards so we have enough to do it.  We’ve got games set up for all ages, little kids especially. We have bouncy houses, different things from the parks and rec.  This year the bigger thing we’ve added is different types of food that will be available to buy, to purchase.  We are opening this up to all the Relay for Life teams.  They can set up a booth or a table, whatever.”

There will be a fire truck and a rescue squad there for the kids to check out and a demonstration featuring the sheriff’s department’s K9.

And live music for the evening will be provided by Southern Rail Express. 

“It’s a national event,” says Plecker.  “I’ve talked to other agencies. They don’t always do it on the day set aside.  They pick a day out, like August 2nd or 3rd is a national night that they do it.  With everything Bath County has going, I try to pick a weekend that’s not as packed because we do have the Relay for Life coming up and Wings and Wheels.  So I’m trying to space it out.  It’s been a great summer.  We’ve had a lot of events. The festivals going on and the farmer’s market, it’s always something going on.”

National Night Out is Saturday, July 19, at the Bath County High School football field.  It begins at 6pm and lasts until around 9.  Remember to bring a chair or a blanket.  If you would like to set up a booth, call Mandy Hazelwood at 540-968-2562.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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