Communities across the valley are participating in the National Night Out event Tuesday.
The anti-crime effort started in 1984 and events are held across the country to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
Youngstown will be holding a parade and picnic at the Wick Park Pavilion, at the corner of Park Avenue and Elm Street. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the parade until 7 p.m.
In Hubbard, law enforcement will square off in a softball contest in Harding Park. Hubbard City Police will play against the Hubbard Township Police Department starting at 3 p.m. Following that game, the police departments will play the high school softball team. A car show, refreshments, raffles and giveaways will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kyle Pavilion in Harding Park.
Austintown will hold their National Night Out event at the township park on Kirk Road. Everyone can enjoy music, classic cars, food and interact with the Austintown Police and Fire Departments. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wrapping up the area’s events, a parade will start at the Springfield High School in New Middletown at 5:30 p.m. and will travel down Main Street, ending at St. Paul’s Church. At 6:30 p.m. a cookout, along with other events will be held at the New Middletown Village Municipal Building.
It is estimated that over 37 million community members & safety forces will take part in National Night Out events across the United States.