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LOWVILLE — A free event designed to raise awareness about crime and drug prevention will return to the Lewis County Fairgrounds next week, with local military families also to be recognized.

“Creating community partnerships — that’s what it’s all about,” said Penny L. Demo, director of the Lewis County Youth Bureau.

The third annual National Night Out event here will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11.

The opening ceremony at 6 p.m. will include special recognition of several Lewis County military families, thanks to planning done by Allison LaBarge. A student of the 2013-14 Lewis County Leadership Academy, Ms. LaBarge decided her end-of-the-year project would be to show her appreciation for the country’s bravest.

The annual event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the county Youth Bureau, also will include several law enforcement demonstrations, including rappelling from a ladder truck by the state police Special Operations Response team, a seat belt demonstrator and a narcotics search and apprehension exercise with state police and Lewis County sheriff’s police dogs.

There also will be informational booths from 23 prevention agencies, up from 16 at last year’s event, and McGruff the Crime Dog is slated to be on hand. Face painting and other activities for children and youths will be offered, and gift cards from Walmart will be given away.

Free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soda and water will be available through Lamont’s Food Fair.

“It’s free to attend. Everything is free,” Undersheriff James M. Monnat said.

National Night Out will be held rain or shine.

Motorists are asked to use the DeWitt Street entrance to the fairgrounds, as the Bostwick Street one is slated to be blocked off at 5:30 p.m. to avoid traffic in the demonstration area.

The Moose radio station will be broadcasting live from the event, which is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Supporters include the Lewis County Youth Bureau, NCPPC-YEAH! program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County and Community Bank N.A.

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