People get a chance to check out a Kent Police SUV during a National Night Out event Aug. 1 at the downtown Kent Library. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

People get a chance to check out a Kent Police SUV during a National Night Out event Aug. 1 at the downtown Kent Library. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

Kent’s National Night Out featured 63 events across town

Gatherings to get to know your neighbors include barbecues, bouncy houses, potlucks and more

Sixty-three events were held in Kent as part of the annual National Night Out.

The Aug. 1 events spanned across town from the East Hill to the Valley and to the West Hill. Barbecues, bouncy houses, axe throwing (axes made of foam), dessert buffets, potlucks, cornhole, reading at the library, food trucks and more were featured, according to Kent Police.

The Kent Library, Riverview Community Church and Kent YMCA hosted community events in their neighborhoods. Residents organized activities in many other neighborhoods.

“You all gathered in your own way and made those connections happen with your neighbors, your PD and your city,” according to a Kent Police statement.

Officers, firefighters and city officials make stops at numerous events.

“This is quite literally our favorite night of the year because we get to slow down, chat and fellowship,” police said.

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