Madison Rising, a nationally-known musical act, is scheduled to headline National Night Out Saturday in Havelock.
The band promotes patriotism and personal responsibility with its hard-rock style of music, according to Lt. Brian Woods, of the Havelock Police Department.
“This is the first year that we’ve tried to bring in a bigger band,” Woods said. “It’s the first time the group has ever performed in Havelock.”
He said he hoped the band would attract younger members of the community to attend the event.
“We are hoping with their genre of music we will draw some young folks, particularly some of the younger military members, who we hope will come out,” Woods said.
National Night Out is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at Walter B. Jones Park in Havelock. An opening ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m., followed by music from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. Madison Rising is scheduled to take the stage at 6:30 p.m.
“It’s a very popular event,” Woods said of National Night Out. “We’re able to build this partnership with the community. We’ve all bought into it to try to make Havelock a safer place to live. We just want to strengthen our community.”
National Night Out is designed to be a community event that promotes safety. It also carries an anti-crime message.
“It’s an opportunity for our citizens and citizens from the area to meet our local police officers and understand why we do what we do,” Woods said. “It’s a good opportunity for us to have some interaction with their neighbors. We hope to bring the community out so we can continue to build partnerships.”
Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said residents are crucial to keeping the city safe and free from crime.
“We feel that if we build a strong relationship with the community, together we can accomplish anything,” he said.
Havelock has partnered with Cherry Point for the 17th annual event, with the city’s Community Emergency Response Team as well as the N.C. Marine Fisheries Office and N.C. Highway Patrol participating.
The event will include displays and information from the Cherry Point and Havelock fire departments, including fire and rescue trucks.
The event will also feature a police dog demonstration.
About 40 booths will be set up, and there will be bounce houses for children.
There is no admission, and there will be free pizza, hot dogs, cotton candy and refreshments while supplies last.
For more information on National Night Out, call Woods at the Havelock Police Department at 447-3212.