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Mason City celebrates National Night Out (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Officer Chris Flatness snuggles a baby Wednesday evening in East Park
Officer Chris Flatness snuggles a baby Wednesday evening in East Park during the National Night Out event.

MASON CITY – A postponement had no impact on the annual National Night Out event that was held Wednesday evening in Mason City’s East Park.

A threat of thunderstorms and rain caused event organizers to move the event from Tuesday to Wednesday.  The move seemed to work out for the best, as temps were relatively cool and the bugs stayed away for the most part.  East park was packed with folks enjoying food, prizes, displays from community organizations and while they mingled with law enforcement officers and other emergency responders.

Mason City police, Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs, State Patrol and Mason City ambulance and fire fighters were on hand with their equipment to meet and greet the public and enjoy hot dogs and soda on a pristine evening.  Hundreds of folks showed up and enjoyed the event.  Kids had competitions and won prizes while their parents chatted away.

Organizer Jo Ellen Larsen told NIT she was “thrilled” at the turnout and admitted she was a little apprehensive about the postponement.

“We called down to Des Moines at the National Weather Service, and they said rain was headed our way, so we went ahead and made the decision to move the event to Wednesday,” Jo Ellen said.  “I think we are just fine tonight.”  She was helping to hand out free school supplies to parents and kids.  “Everything here is free, no cost.”

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