First-ever National Night Out event to take place August 4

Thursday, July 30, 2020

For the first time ever, the Remsen Police Dept., Remsen EMTs, Remsen Fire Dept., and Remsen Chamber will host a National Night Out event on Main St. from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, August 4.

Families, adults and kids of all ages are welcome to the event, which will have an assortment of activities and treats, even opportunities to see the different equipment of local law enforcement agencies, emergency services, and the fire department.

Remsen Chamber President Rachel Keffeler and Remsen Police Chief Scott Allen got the ball rolling on the event. Keffeler stated, “Scott and I visited several times and both thought it would be a good event to bring the community together. There is a lot of negativity going on in the world we live in and we wanted to do something to promote community and positivity. The Chamber always likes to do something at the close of summer and this was the perfect opportunity to do something for the community while partnering with Remsen Fire, EMS and Police.”

Members of the Remsen Fire, EMTs, and Police departments will be on-site to visit with community members and vehicles from all three departments will be on display for the kids to tour.

Many activities, including train rides and Bingo, etc., will be available for patrons to enjoy.

Local businesses and organizations were also invited to sponsor an event or activity during this time. For example, the Remsen Public Library will be giving away sidewalk chalk for the kids to decorate Main Street, and Iowa State Bank will be serving ice cream. Remsen Community Action Club (RCAC) will sponsor a Kids' Tractor Pull, and American Bank will have a tent set up as well.

National Night Out (NNO), according to, is “an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”

Communities throughout the United States get together and “host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.”

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the local Fire, EMS, and Police Departments that serve Remsen and to meet and greet new neighbors.

National Night Out will be from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, with Washington St. from First St. to Third St. being blocked off for the event.