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Before heavy storm clouds cut the event short, hundreds of people enjoyed the 35th annual National Night Out celebration at the fairgrounds Tuesday night. (David Conner II photos) / August 09, 2018
Tuesday's 35th annual National Night Out celebration at the Halifax County Fairgrounds was a resounding success, according to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark, as hundreds of people came out for a night of fun and games with local law enforcement and public safety personnel.

The event began with a parade of law enforcement and emergency service vehicles to the fairgrounds site.

“We fed somewhere between 600 and 700 guests who turned out for the event,” Clark said, noting that volunteers offered soft drinks, hot dogs and chips to guests and fed slices of ceremonial cake.

Threatening skies sent many visitors home, and by the time the annual “tug of war” contest was ready to take place, the festivities had to be cut short due to heavy thunderclouds overhead. “Maybe next year we’ll have two contests to make up for not having it this year,” said Clark.

Despite the weather, the sheriff said a big crowd turned out for the event and seemed to have a good time.

In addition to the food, music and entertainment, several lucky young guests won new bikes and trikes, courtesy of law enforcement and South Boston True Value, which donated the gifts.

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