National Night Out set


Madisonville resident will revel in fun, fellowship and prizes during the National Night Out, set for 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.

This is the third year for the event, which is a public safety festival held at Lake Madison Park.

Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert said the department gathers all law enforcement, fire department and emergency medical personnel together.

“It’s like a meet and greet to allow residents to get to know their (first responders),” Gilbert said. “We want to get the people out to meet us and enjoy the festival.”

Aside from first responders, Gilbert said they have great participation from area churches.

“There will be entertainment from church groups doing praise dances, singers from churches providing gospel music and area pastors will provide prayers,” he said.

Gilbert said this year will be a little different that the previous two.

“We’re changing things,” he said. “We used to have hot dogs, (but) this year we have hamburgers thanks to our sponsors.”

Sponsors include Carter Enterprises, who provided hamburgers, and Henson’s Family of Dealerships, Walker’s Café and Rancho Viejo provided gift certificates

Wal-Mart donated a television and some bicycles for door prizes, he said.

Gilbert said the event ends at nine, since it’s a school night. He also said the splash pad has been closed for the year and will not be available.