Despite the late summer heat, hundreds of people gathered in communities across Carlton County to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The largest crowd gathered in the Cloquet’s Veterans Memorial Park. The Cloquet Police Department sponsored the event that featured a farm animal petting zoo, inflatables and even a chance to play street hockey with Minnesota Wilderness players. In addition, Duluth-based Whiskey Trail played music while CPD officers and volunteers served hotdogs and and snacks.

In Carlton, a crowd gathered in DNR Park to enjoy the sunshine and a cookout in an event sponsored by Carlton Community Education. Kids checked out animals from Lake Superior Zoo and saw demonstrations about how pollution can make its way into a community’s water supply.

Other celebrations were held in Moose Lake, Esko and Barnum.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. All 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide celebrate NNO.