Arkansas City residents are encouraged to clear their calendars and head out to Wilson Park at 5 p.m. Oct. 2 for the Arkansas City Police Department’s annual National Night Out kickoff party.

Arkansas City Police Department logo“We have many things planned this year and cannot wait to see you all,” ACPD School Resource Officer Chase Hobart, one of the event’s organizers, said in a news release.

There will be delicious food, fun inflatables for different age groups, face painting by the Cowley College art department, train rides for kids, vendor booths and more.

“Have you ever wanted to ‘pie’ a cop right in the face? Well, one lucky citizen will get the opportunity to do so,” Hobart promised.

“All you have got to do is bring a little cash and put it in the jar of one unlucky police officer you would like to see get smothered. The officer with the most money in their jar by the end of the night will get pied!”

There also will be an artistic guest speaker to start the night’s festivities and rocking live music from Annie Up. In addition to that, the police department has asked the Cowley College Tigerettes to dance and the Arkansas City High School drum line to break it down “Bulldog style” for a “dance off” between area schools, police and fire mascots, and maybe even a few officers.

“So come on out to Wilson Park on October 2 and enjoy many of the fun activities we have put together,” Hobart said. “Get to know your local law enforcement and neighbors!”

The National Night Out block parties will be held Oct. 3 in various locations throughout Arkansas City. “So find one in a neighborhood near you and make some memories,” Hobart encouraged.

Last year’s National Night Out kickoff party, the first ever held in Wilson Park, drew an estimated 1,500 people to the park to enjoy the festivities.