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opinion Fargo, 58102

Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

I can remember when National Night Out first began almost two decades ago already. You could pick your parking place at Elmwood and there was plenty of room walking the grounds leisurely visiting the vendors taking in everything the evening had to offer.

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Not the case anymore - much more crowded conditions but still a whole lot of fun with all the extra people congestion only adding to the excitement.

Not only did the numbers attending manage to change and grow upward, but the moniker for the event also took on new form about four years - becoming Night to Unite.

Through the years nothing has hampered its size or style, only the weather, which forced its total cancellation two years ago.

Here it is now 2013 and the event is once again approaching, bigger and better than ever.

This success wouldn't be possible without the commitment and planning that goes into it.

The staff at the West Fargo Police Department deserves the credit, supported by the huge group of co-sponsors who are always more than happy to be on board this program that reinforces awareness about crime and drug prevention and strengthens neighborhood resolve to deter and fight crime.

By the attendance and participation, it is obvious that everyone involved does an outstanding job.

The event is geared for the entire family but it's the little kids who really get into enjoying the ever-growing number of hands-on demonstrations they can be a part of, including the motorcycle rides conducted by the Harley Owners Group members; the free ice cream and cotton candy, the fire and police department demos, the list goes on and on.

So if you have little children, grandchildren or friends looking for something exciting and varied to do Tuesday evening, visit Elmwood Park (walk if you can) on west 13th Avenue and take in what the four-hour session has to offer. The time is guaranteed to pass quickly as you meander your way through the variety of demos, enjoy the entertainment and music, and savor the edible treats that are a welcome bonus to all the fun.

So many great organizations play a role in making this annual event happen, asking nothing in return but your attendance and participation in a unified event that helps strengthen the community's resolve in its fight against crime.

If you can be there, make it a point. If you have children, be sure to include them. Night to Unite promises to be a great evening of family fun for everyone.

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