National Night Out set


On Tuesday night at Lake Madison, public safety officials will host National Night Out from 6-9 p.m.

The public safety festival will offer free food and beverages for the residents as well as entertainment. Residents will also have a chance to win some desirable prizes, such as gift certificates or even a television or bicycle.

“It is a way we can all come out and meet the community in a fun atmosphere,” said Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert. “Typically, it is a traumatic situation when you meet a first responder. This is a way for everyone to get to know one another better, because not everyone knows their neighbor.”

Gilbert helped encourage the city to incorporate the event in 2015, and it is now in its fourth year.

Aside from first responders, there will also be participation from area churches. There will be entertainment from church groups doing praise dances, singers from churches providing gospel music and area pastors will provide prayers.

A large crowd is expected to attend the event, so residents are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.