Lewiston and Auburn police aim to fight crime with fun and festivities at their annual National Night Out events planned for Aug. 2.

The national event, scheduled for the first Tuesday in August every year since 1984, has been held locally for roughly two decades, giving members of the community an opportunity to interact with law enforcement on a leisurely level and not just during emergencies.

A young student of Phoenix Karate Academy named Marley tries to break a board during National Night Out at the Lewiston Athletic Park in 2019. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Lewiston and Auburn police departments both plan to offer hot dogs and popcorn to enjoy while participants listen to music and visit personnel and emergency vehicles from their respective police and fire departments.

Kids will be entertained in Auburn on Main Street and in Festival Plaza by activities such as a bounce house courtesy of the YMCA, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, balloons by Hammond Lumber and lots of giveaways.

They also will have the chance to shoot hoops with local basketball legend and international professional basketball star Troy Barnies.

In Lewiston, in the field behind Lewiston Middle School, festivities will get underway at 6 p.m. and will include balloon twisters, bounce houses, Mr. Drew and his exotic animals, a photo booth and a live martial arts demonstration.


At 8 p.m., there will be a free showing of the children’s animated movie “Luca” on a big outdoor screen.

In Auburn, the L-A Harley Band will be playing live during the event, scheduled from 6 p.m. to dusk.

Auburn Police Department will offer an impaired-driving obstacle course and a so-called “seat belt convincer” to help encourage adults to drive sober and wear a seat belt.

“We enjoy getting everyone together each year to show the unbreakable police-community partnership we have here in Auburn,” Police Chief Jason Moen said in a prepared statement. “When we connect like this, our city is stronger and safer. Having the support of our community partners makes this the best block party of the year. This really is community policing at its very best.”

Lewiston Police Chief David St. Pierre said: “As is the case across the country, the Lewiston Police Department is happy to announce the details of this year’s National Night Out. We hope that the weather will cooperate and that the event will draw a large crowd to share some good times and laughs with many members of the Lewiston Police Department. We encourage all to gather up their families and friends and come to the Lewiston Middle School at 6 p.m. National Night Out provides a unique opportunity to bring the community together with many of our public safety officials.”

Weather permitting, St. Pierre said, a hot air balloon may make an appearance.

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