Local suburb’s National Night Out ranked among best in the country

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HEWITT, Texas (KWTX) Hewitt’s National Night Out event, which ranks as one of the best in the country, is coming up this weekend.

Hewitt’s National Night Out event, which ranks as one of the best in the country, is coming up this weekend. (City of Hewitt photo)

The National Night Out, which was created nearly two decades ago to build relationships between police and the communities they serve with a goal of making neighborhoods safer, takes places in cities and towns all across the United States.

The City of Hewitt’s event ranked No. 4 in the state for a community of its size and No. 17 in the nation by the National Association of Town Watches for putting on the best of the best.

“I guess it's just because of the proactive event we put together,” said Hewitt police Chief Jim Devlin.

“The planning starts almost the day after we have the event to begin for the next year's event.”

The event includes live music, bounce houses, microchipping, food and a raffle in which tickets cost only $1 although prizes include everything from an autographed book by Joanna Gaines, a local hotel stay, a Harley Davidson prize pack and a chance to win a handmade doghouse worth nearly $5,000.

Devlin says the city has been fielding calls from people outside of Hewitt looking to purchase tickets for the two dog houses.

“We have these dog houses that we had donated. These were done by DWE Construction and Design with Cribs for canines,” Devlin said.

“These things are like $4,100 apiece. They take up a huge flatbed trailer, just the two of them. They are like doghouse mansions.”

Hewitt’s National Night Out is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Warren Park.

Devlin says it’s open to residents and nonresidents alike.

Belton’s event will be Sept 21, Copperas Cove’s will be Sept. 28 and Waco’s and Killeen’s will be on Oct. 1.