Havelock’s National Night Out event, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed until Tuesday evening.
Weather forecasts of heavy rain on Saturday prompted the postponement.
“I hate to do it but it’s in our best interests,” Lt. Brian Woods, of the Havelock Police Department, said of the postponement. “This area is forecasted to get 1 to 3 inches of rain.”
All activities planned as part of Saturday’s event will instead take place on Tuesday, including a concert with the rock band Nantucket and country singer Erin Nenni.
Havelock’s 18th annual National Night Out is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. at Walter B. Jones Park.
Festivities start at 5 p.m. with free food and entertainment, and an opening ceremony is planned for 7 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m., Nenni is scheduled to take the stage. The East Carolina University graduate released an album in 2013 entitled “Good Day,” donating a portion of the proceeds from sales to Operation Homefront, which provides emergency financial help to military families.
At 8:45 p.m., Nantucket is scheduled to perform. The rock band has been in the music-making business for 40 years and is known for such hits as “Heartbreaker,” “Born in a Honky Tonk,” and the 2011 release “You Need a Ride to Raleigh.”
Woods said the theme of the event is always the same.
“It’s just crime prevention, drug awareness, bringing the community out to build partnerships with the various businesses in the community that can afford them the opportunity to help them,” he said.
He said that the event would be an opportunity for residents to meet and get to know the officers who serve them every day in Havelock.
“I think back in the day it was more of an us-against-them mentality, where in good policing it has been learned that if you build effective relationships with the people in the community and a trust of each other and you work together, then you can get more done,” Woods said. “I think it’s very important that we continue to build partnerships and relationships with the businesses and the individual people in the communities.”
Stacy Engel, director of the Havelock Community Emergency Response Team, said many of the businesses that will have booths at the event are the type that can help residents and their families.
“It’s really family oriented,” Engel said. “We expect over 5,000 people this year. This is our second year doing it on Saturday.”
Fire departments from Havelock will join fire units from Cherry Point at the event.
“The smoke house will be out there for the kids to teach them fire safety,” Woods said. “That’s a pretty big hit for the children and families.”
Engel said the American Heart Association will have a five-minute class in CPR.
“They are going to be able to get a basic ‘this is what you do in this type of an emergency,’” Engel said of the course.
She said the National Wild Turkey Foundation would have its BB gun tent at the event.
“It’s kind of a little range where they have a tent set up and the kids go in and learn about gun safety,” she said. “They get to fire the BB gun at a target and take the target home and say ‘I did this.’”
Children can enjoy bounce houses, and the Boy Scouts will be out with their rope bridge.
“The kids really seem to love that,” Engel said.
The event will also include military working dogs from Cherry Point and a much bigger dog, McGruff, the crime-fighting dog.
For car enthusiasts, the N.C. Highway Patrol is expected to have a vintage patrol car on display.
Engel, who volunteers as CERT director, said she has been working hard to make National Night Out a success.
“By doing this event and providing the vendors and getting the information out there, I’m hoping that it will help people and make the community that I live in better,” Engel said.
Donations to offset the estimated $10,000 cost of the event are being accepted at the Havelock Police Department.
For more information on National Night Out, call Engel at 447-3212 or 229-4524, or email HCERT@havelocknc.us or call Woods at 447-3212.