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Tupelo 'Night Out' Attracts Big Crowds

Posted by Allie Martin | July 24, 2012 / 09:16pm | Community event news
TUPELO, MISS. (WCBI) - Firefighters and Police Officers helped kick off Tupelo Night Out by making some sweet deliveries.

The city provided ice cream and The Grill restaurant donated cookies for all 12 neighborhoods taking part in the initiative, meant to foster and encourage community spirit and unity.

"A time to enjoy your neighbors and meet some, meet some new ones, even if your neighborhood wasn't doing it, I had a friend call and say come over to our house , my next door neighbor and I are having refreshments, just stop by so that's the spirit we're looking for," said Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed, Jr.

Mayor Reed showed off his hula hooping skills at the Presley Heights event.  Volunteers there were also serving up hot dogs, hamburgers and even shaved ice.

"It's kind of like a snow cone but the ice is more like snow.  I'm really excited about this, I think it's great for the community to all just come together and have a night together and just hang out with everybody," said teenager Claire Newcomer.

As kids played on inflatables, adults had a chance to catch up on the latest news about the area.

"It's a great opportunity for us to have an event, invite all of our neighbors and friends out to meet each other, socialize and talk a little about activities in our neighborhood association," said Keith Henley, president of the Presley Heights Neighborhood Association.
 
Debbie Betts said she came to the event to be part of the community.

"To meet everyone, meet different people, this is a good thing to help out the community," she said.

Her son, Deonte liked the food.
What do you think of the hamburger?
"It's awesome." 
Is that the best part so far? 
"Yes sir."

Plans call for Tupelo Night Out to be an annual event.  Organizers say that a strong turnout here at Presley Heights and other neighborhoods show that even in these fast paced times, people are looking for opportunities to slow down, get to know their neighbors and build a sense of community. 
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