Evergreen Playfield draws a crowd for National Night Out

City of Mountlake Terrace police officers practice their cornhole skills at National NIght Out.

The 2022 National Night Out Against Crime drew big crowds at Evergreen Playfield in Mountlake Terrace Tuesday night.

For the young crowd there was a caricature artist, face painting, games and a visit by Smokey Bear.

Getting her face painted at National NIght Out.
Smokey Bear posed for a pawtrait with a fan. 
A boy plays with a frisbee with his dad.
The caricature artist was popular with visitors.

For the older crowd: Personnel from the Navy, Army, Marines and National Guard were on hand to answer questions about military careers. Police and emergency crews drove shiny, state-of-the art vehicles, while public works also had trucks on hand to show and inform the public.

A BearCat armored vehicle with sunroof and plenty of legroom. This SWAT truck has a V8 turbo diesel engine, and is capable of 4×4 off-road driving.
A possible future Marine does pull-ups.

Entertainment was provided by DJ I Sizzle, the Mountlake Terrace High Jazz 2 combo, Mountlake Terrace Dance Academy and the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Center’s tai chi program.

The Mountlake Terrace Jazz 2 combo peforming.
Dancers with the Mountlake Terrace Dance Academy. 
Instructor Doug Northman demonstrating tai chi with his class.
DJ I Sizzle entertaining the crowd.

Fresh off a win at last week’s Columbia Cup race in Kennewick, hydroplane driver Jimmy Shane posed by the Miss HomeStreet. He hopes to win again this Sunday on Lake Washington. Asked what he’s like driving home after a race, Shane said, “I’m that guy that everybody honks at because I’m doing like THE speed limit” on the road. “I trust everybody on the racecourse; I don’t trust everybody on the roads.”

As far as what makes a good hydro driver, he said, “I clear my head. I don’t listen to music, I don’t talk to anybody before a race, I don’t think about anything. The biggest thing is situational awareness. Being able to make quick decisions.” I then asked who his biggest competition will be this Sunday. Without missing a beat, Shane said “Dave Villwock,” adding “he’s the winningest driver, and he’s gonna drive…crazy.”

Jimmy Shane, the driver of the Miss HomeStreet Bank unlimited hydroplane.
The Miss HomeStreet Bank, a turbine-powered unlimited hydroplane capable of 2,650 horsepower.

Dinner was free, as 1,000 hot dogs were given out, along with chips and drinks.

DD Meats donates 1,000 hot dogs, while volunteers from the Nile Country Club cooks them. A worker said, “We run out of dogs every year.”
Kids and adults relishing some of the 1,000 hot dogs that were handed out this evening, as the cook had to ketchup with the demand. To be frank, I had a hot dog, even though I already had dinner earlier. 

National Night Out is held in cities and towns across the nation, to strengthen the bond between community members and their law enforcement agencies, in the hopes of preventing crime.

A man wore a bee outfit and posed for a picture at the BeSmartforKids.org booth. The organization works to bring awareness to gun safety practices.
The young members of Bethel 5 Edmonds Job’s Daughters.

This is the 26th year that Premera Blue Cross has been the main sponsor.

Other sponsors included:
Sound Community Bank
Mountlake Terrace Plaza
Ballinger Thriftway
Double DD Meats
Espresso Break
HomeStreet Bank
MTYAA
Nile Shrine Center
Tour de Terrace
Waste Management

— Story and photos by David Carlos

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