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Neighbors step out for national event
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Along with barbecued hot dogs and dessert, several National Night Out attendees participated in a watermelon eating contest at Columbia Park on Tuesday. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR / The Journal

Turlock neighborhoods joined communities across the country to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday with block parties and visits from local law enforcement.

National Night Out is an anti-crime effort that allows locals to get to know their neighbors and celebrate their community in an active and dynamic way. The City of Turlock, local law enforcement, and neighbors across Turlock took to the streets Tuesday evening to barbecue, dance, swim, and make crafts as part of the annual event.

“It’s our favorite night of the year,” said Erik Shulze, superintendent of Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Public Facilities.

Colombia Park played host to hundreds of kids and parents that enjoyed hot dogs, bounce houses, exploring a SWAT car, and free swimming at the Columbia Pool all set to the beat of dance music.

Across town, Elvis impersonator Rob Ely crooned to guests at the Paramount Court Senior Living Center where Moonshine, a rescue bloodhound of the Golden Sate Bloodhound Search and Rescue, greeted attendees before making his way to other local neighborhoods around town.