ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Police Department will host its eighth annual Kids Appreciation Day in Elizabethtown on Saturday. Activities will take place behind the municipal building in Elizabethtown from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
“We do this every year,” said Elizabethtowbn Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw. “It’s a chance for the kids to interact with personnel from EMS, fire and the police department.”
Kinlaw added that, most of the time, the contact children have with these personnel is usually in a time of duress, an emergency or the police are there as a result of something bad happening. He said the Kids Appreciation Day gives children in the community a chance to see them under better circumstances and learn about what it is they do.
He said the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will have someone on hand for fingerprinting for identification kits.
Kinlaw said food and drinks will also be available. Big Moe will be on hand cooking barbecue and there will also be food items and beverages available.
Children of all ages will find bounce houses, pony rides, a 3-point shoot-out, a home-run derby, and other games. Kinlaw said there will be displays of fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles.
There will also be a DJ playing live music. A drawing for free bicycles — always a highlight of the day — will also be held.
“We’re trying to have something for all ages,” said Kinlaw of the day.”We look forward to it each year.”
Kinlaw said they are still accepting donations and folks are still welcome to participate or volunteer. If you would like to help with the event, have a booth or make a donation, call 910-862-3125.