Remsen community delights in National Night Out

Thursday, August 13, 2020
The National Guard let people try on some of the gear that they wear and have to carry with them.
(Photo by Megan Sabin)

National Night Out, which was hosted by the Remsen Police Dept., Remsen EMTs, Remsen Fire Dept., and Remsen Chamber, took place on Tuesday, August 4 from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Remsen.

Many fun activities were available for children and adults to take part in. Some businesses also opened their doors during this time offering special deals and discounts.

The Remsen Fire, EMS, and Police Departments, as well as the Iowa National Guard and Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, were available to talk with community members, to get to know the public better, and also they had their vehicles with them for people to tour and check out.

Remsen Police Chief Scott Allen handed out sticker badges to children during the National Night Out event.
(Photo by Megan Sabin)

Stockton Towing also had a vehicle present.

Remsen Community Action Club (RCAC) sponsored a Pedal Tractor Pull for the kids, which began at 6 p.m.

The Remsen Public Library gave away sidewalk chalk to children.

These girls take a picture in the Remsen Police Truck. See more National Night Out photos on page 8 of the August 13 issue of the Remsen Bell.
(Photo by Megan Sabin)

Train rides were available for kids to enjoy around the block.

Iowa State Bank gave away ice cream in front of the VFW.

American Bank had their tent set up, giving away popcorn and hand sanitizer, among other give aways.

The Remsen Lions Club hosted Bingo.

The Remsen Chamber sponsored an inflatable football game as well as a couple other games for children to enjoy.

WesTel Systems sponsored an inflatable baseball game.

Remsen Bible Fellowship set up a table and talked with patrons.

Hector's Closet was open from 4-7 p.m.

Beer City was open and serving pizza.

Connor's Lounge served coneys and ballpark nachos.

Furnishings on Second at Mullers ran in-store specials.

Perfect Petal gave away balloons and held a sidewalk sale with great deals and discounted bouquets.

And the Remsen Heritage Museum was open to patrons.

Many were pleased with the turn out for the first-ever event. Remsen Chamber President Rachel Keffeler stated, “We, as the Chamber, were very happy with the turn out for the event. We appreciate the public attending and the agencies and businesses that participated that made the event a success. With COVID, we weren’t sure as what to expect, but we couldn’t be happier with how it went and plan to continue the event in future years. We are hoping that next year, we won’t have to deal with COVID and plan to bring back the things we had this year and build on the event to bring more activities for the community to enjoy.”