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Bailey and Middlesex police officers are planning their National Night Out block parties.
Southern Nash County residents will have two chances to attend the community policing events. Middlesex is hosting its National Night Out on Aug. 3. Bailey is hosting its event the next night, a Tuesday, when many law enforcement agencies across the country traditionally celebrate NNO.
The towns’ police chiefs planned different nights during their inaugural NNO events last year to avoid any scheduling conflicts.
The community and police awareness-raising event is held annually throughout the United States to promote neighborhood camaraderie in an effort to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work, according to the official National Night Out website.
The block party is a chance for residents to get off work, enjoy a free dinner and meet neighbors and police officers, according to organizers.
Middlesex has signed the Tyson Brothers Band to perform at its event.
The band, led by brothers Tristan and Brooks Tyson, plays cover songs from acts like Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beatles, Bad Company and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Middlesex and Bailey are looking for vendors, food trucks, sponsors and volunteers.
Food vendors are already signed up for the Bailey event. Three Stars Kettle Corn has committed and Cattail Q will be back again this year, said Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski.
“If you would like to be a vendor or donate for our raffle, contact the Bailey Police Department or Bailey Chamber of Commerce,” Boraski said.
Boraski said Southern BBQ will again donate to the raffle.
“Tony and Jessica Harp have agreed to come back and cook again,” Boraski said. “We want to surpass 250 hamburgers and hot dogs they cooked last year.”
The Middlesex event will be held in the parking lot of Southern Bank at 11438 E. Finch Ave. Parking will be available at Wiggs Restaurant, the community building, pool and downtown area.
The Bailey event is set for Main Street in front of the police station with parking available on side streets, according to information from the Bailey Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring National Night Out.