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Release Date: August 09, 2006
Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Hundreds of people gathered to be entertained by local talent, meet local celebrities, play games and chow down on free hot dogs and snow cones, all in the name of crime fighting.

Ada was among the 10,000 communities nationwide to host the 23rd Annual National Night Out yesterday at East Central University.

Sponsored by The Chickasaw Nation and ECU, the event was designed to heighten awareness of crime, violence and drug prevention.

“The Chickasaw Nation is glad we could be a part of this fun event that also helps create a safer and more positive environment for our city,” Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby said.

Organizational booths lined the sidewalk, distributing social service information and goodies. The Chickasaw Nation Head Start gave out 124 brand new back packs, while People’s Electric Corporation gave out mini fans to ease the heat.

Kids participated in games and activities such as the moon bounce, obstacle course and football throw.

Seven-year-old Ada resident, Dawn Sledd, said she had a great time at the festival.

“My favorite thing is the face-painting,” Sledd said, while proudly displaying a colorful rainbow on her cheek.

Citizens were able to meet law enforcement officials and see a canine demonstration of a dog capturing a criminal. Featured appearances included Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Lighthorse Police and Search and Rescue, Ada Police and Fire as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs agents.

“Law enforcement is a team effort that no one person or agency can handle alone. Good communication between communities and law enforcement is the key to eliminating crime,” said Lighthorse Tribal Police Chief Jason O’Neal.

Popcorn popper and Oklahoma Department of Human Services social worker Carla Taylor said although the carnival is fun, food and games, the mission is really important.

“It is extremely important that the community is aware and our children are protected,” Taylor said.

The crime-fighting carnival would not be complete without a drunk-driver obstacle course. Participants put on drunk goggles and drove a course to simulate the effects of drinking and driving.
All events were free and open to the public.

Last year, more than 34 million people nationwide participated in the festival. Ada’s National Night Out is a two-time award winner for participation in the event.