Palmetto, Florida – Crime Stoppers of Manatee County is pleased to announce that they will host the 12th Annual Halloween Safe Kids Night on Friday October 31st, 2014 from 6pm – 9:30pm at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, located across from Palmetto High School on 17th Street West in Palmetto.
“We’re excited to be at the Fairgrounds again this year,” said Frank Brunner, Executive Director of Manatee CrimeStoppers. “Last year, after 10 years at the Bradenton Auditorium, we had to change venues due to a scheduling conflict. We moved to the fairgrounds, which provided plenty of room inside for booths & games, plus space for public safety vehicles and equipment to display out front. We had such a positive experience that we decided to continue the event at the Fairgrounds this year”
This event is held each year to provide children and families with a safe venue for Trick or Treating, instead of potentially unsafe neighborhoods. Many neighborhoods do not have adequate lighting or sidewalks for pedestrian traffic. Admission and parking is FREE, however some activities and food will be on sale with affordable prices.
Manatee CrimeStoppers coordinates with approximately 30 community groups, government agencies, civic organizations and social service providers to create a carnival atmosphere at the Manatee County Fairgrounds. Each participating agency hosts a decorated booth with plenty of fun, games and FREE candy for attending children to enjoy.
What makes this event unique? Frank Brunner, the Executive Director of Manatee CrimeStoppers points out that each participating agency also uses the venue to inform the community about the services they provide and how they can be a resource to families. “We encourage our partner agencies to promote their mission and services along with an emphasis on safety education. This event is an opportunity for families to have fun yet learn about how to make our community a safer place to live.”
The event will also feature vehicles from police, fire, EMS and other public safety equipment on display in front of the Exhibit Hall, as well as fun, games and plenty of candy inside.
The event is open to the entire family and everyone attending is encouraged to come in costume. Attendees may enter thru the Fairgrounds Main Entrance on 17th Street West or thru the Gate on 14th Ave West across from Church on the Rock. Parking is available inside the fairgrounds for people who enter thru the gate on 14th Ave West. For people entering thru the Main Gate, limited parking is available along 13th Ave West. For more information about the event or to inquire about how your business / agency can participate by hosting a booth, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To download an event flier, visit www.manateecrimestoppers.com .