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Busy, fun night at annual 'Community Night Out'

Josiah Cross, 6, of Alexandria, gets a basketball painted on his face by JoAnn Almich, who was helping out Clueless the Balloon Twister at Alexandria's Community Night Out. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)1 / 4
Dave Saline takes a picture of his grandson, Beckem Engle, 4, with Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Andy Brinkman. Saline and his grandkids, who are from Maple Grove, were vacationing in Alexandria. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 2 / 4
Kids and adults were fascinated to watch the LifeLink III medical helicopter land at Alexandria's City Park during Tuesday's "Community Night Out." (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 3 / 4
Well over 1,000 hot dogs were served during the annual "Community Night Out" celebration Tuesday at Alexandria City Park. For nearly two hours, there was a long line for the free hot dogs, chips, pop and water, which was served by members of the Alexandria Eagles Club. 4 / 4

Young kids on up to older adults enjoyed a night at Alexandria's City Park Tuesday for the annual "Community Night Out."

The Alexandria Police Department, in collaboration with the City of Alexandria, hosted the annual event, “Growing Stronger by Building Strong Community Partnerships,” Aug. 7. 

The free event, which drew one of its largest crowds to date, included free hot dogs, chips, frozen custard, demonstrations, prizes, an inflatable “Fire Hopper,” kids' games and more.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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