The city of Glenn Heights will host the eighth annual National Night Out from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Glenn Heights City Park, 400 E. Bear Creek.

The event will feature various law enforcement agencies and emergency service agencies, as well as attractions for children.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen the neighborhood spirit and police and community relationships and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

“This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation,” said National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin. “On Aug. 7, we invite neighborhoods and businesses to join us in giving crime and drugs a going away party.”

The city of Glenn Heights expects 4,000-6,000 in attendance.

Among the attractions are two military helicopters, a train pulled by a 4-wheeler, hay ride, jump houses, blood drive with Carter BloodCare, fire trucks and police cars, a petting zoo, children’s finger printing, face painting and a designated area for children 8 and under.

McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog will also make appearances at the event.

State Rep. Jim Pitts will serve as one of the featured speakers at the event, as well as speakers from the Dallas and Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. Organizers plan to serve pizza and 3,000 free hotdogs for those attending.

Booths are available for organizations and businesses, but must be reserved by Friday, Aug. 3.

For more information or to reserve a booth, call Keith Moore at (972) 223-2107, ext. 254.