The Columbia County Sheriff's Office participated in National Night Out again in 2012. Tuesday, August 7th, between 5 and 8 p.m., the Dayton City Park was once again filled with residents of Columbia County to enjoy the fun and festivities of this annual anti-crime, anti-drug event. Attendance was down this year, due in part to the 107 degree weather and harvest getting a late start. However, the 500-600 people estimated to have attended this year's event seemed to enjoy themselves a great deal. As always, the Medstar and Life Flight helicopters were a big hit with the crowd, as was the Washington State Patrol bomb robot. All together, a total of 44 exhibits and displays were on hand this year, which was a new record for Dayton's National Night Out. We went through nearly 1,000 hot dogs, 1,000 bags of potato chips, 1,000 pounds of ice, 47 cases of bottled water, and we were running out of Pepsi soft drinks by the time the event ended at 8 p.m. Afterwards, 50-60 people enjoyed the free movie in the park courtesy of Blue Mountain Counseling.
If you missed Dayton's National Night Out this year, you missed a great event! Hope to see you all again in 2013!