TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - National Night Out draws big crows once again.
The annual event is hosted by the Terre Haute Police Department.
It took place Tuesday evening at Fairbanks Park.
Officials say it was a chance for people to talk to those who protect and keep them safe.
For law enforcement, first responders and firefighters, it was an opportunity for to meet the people that they work for.
Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett was impressed with the turnout.
"It's an amazing turnout. I mean, I think it's better than last year. We'll see if it sustains itself all night, but boy, everybody's in a great mood. You know, they love the giveaways. There are a lot of school supplies. I mean, there's some value to this besides the fun part," Mayor Bennett said.
Those who attended the event received an assortment of free items, including free cat and dog food for their pets.
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