The annual "National Night Out" community festival is coming to Ardmore on August 6.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the west parking lot of Suburban Square, live music, food, rides, carnival games, face painters, and more will be available to attendees courtesy of the Lower Merion Community Watch and the National Association of Town Watch.
A smattering of local and state officials will be on hand as well, as will members of the Lower Merion Police Department.
The purpose of National Night Out is to strengthen the relationship between community members and local law enforcement in the interest of driving down crime. The program was founded in 1984 by Wynnewood resident Matt Peskin, and has since spread to more than 15,000 communities and all 50 states.
“It’s a great night to promote neighborhood camaraderie and police-community partnerships," Peskin said.
While admission is free, attendees are asked to bring a bag of non-perishable food, which goes to ElderNet’s Food Bank, in exchange for a chance to win prizes from area businesses.