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Chapin’s Fall Night brings law enforcement and the community together

Event featured fun for kids, Laser Light Show, food vendors

Chapin, SC (James Bowers) - The town of Chapin honored its public safety and law enforcement and at the same time provided fun for the whole family Wednesday, with its annual Chapin Fall Night Out event.. Families with kids in tow met their town’s police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from the county, state troopers, and many others while having lots of fun in the process.

Attendees were treated to fun events like a puppet show performed by the Columbia Marionette Theater, a laser light presentation, and various bouncy houses for the kids to play in. The National Wild Turkey Federation was set up and gave kids a chance to shoot BB guns as part of its effort to promote safe weapon usage and the pleasures of hunting for game management and safe shooting practices among youth.

Visitors also got a chance to see lots of fire trucks and police cars from many communities throughout Lexington County. Members of the local public safety family including Chapin Chief of Police Seth Ziegler were on hand to greet residents. “This event gives us the opportunity to get to know the community," Bill Finch of the Chapin Police Department said. “We invite our brothers and sisters from other agencies in the area to participate, just to let the community know that we’re their friends and we’re here for them."

Food vendors such as Pelican’s snowballs provided event goers with some tasty treats. The event was held on Beaufort Street in the heart of Chapin. The space is home to fine businesses such as the Tipsy Toad Tavern, a popular local eatery, Judy Jarett’s art gallery, and a number ofother specialty and boutique shops.

According to Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson, the event was inspired by the National Night Out, which is held in cities in towns across the country in an effort to give thanks and foster good will between police officers, firefighters, and first response personnel. These festivals are typically held during the first week of August, which given the sweltering South Carolina summers, is not exactly the best time for Chapin to hold this event.

Three years ago, shortly after Mayor Wilson took office, town officials decided to have their own version of the event in the last week of October. Wilson says building rapport with the community is a top priority for Chapin. “The people are who we’re here to serve. We want them to understand that we’re serving them”. Wilson said. “Any time we can get together with the community, we’re able to understand what the resident’s desires are”. Wilson said that once the leadership identifies what the residents want, then they can work that into the vision plan that guides what the twon will do in the future.

The Chapin Fall Night Out is not the only event that the town hold each year. The Chapin Labor Day Parade is a longstanding tradition. Other happenings include the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (which coincides with Community Service Day each year), and the Chapin Farmers Market. This is an event that is quickly gaining popularity among area residents throughout the warmer months. All of these events are held with a goal of unity among the people of Chapin.

The Chapin Fall Night Out was a chance for positive interaction between community members and officials, something the town desires to increase as it continues to grow. For more information about what’s happening in Chapin, you can follow their website at www.chapinsc.com.

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