Children laughed and played.

Families visited with police officers.

Residents got a close-up look at fire and rescue vehicles.

And hundreds of hot dogs were consumed at Osakis' first-ever National Night Out in Park Osagi on Tuesday, August 6.

Hosted by the Osakis Fire Department, Police and Emergency Medical Responders, the event drew a steady stream of residents into the park, which pleased organizers.

"For our first event, I believe it was very successful — we had about 325 people there," said Osakis First Responder Jason Schultz. "I think a lot of people enjoyed it and we had a lot of positive comments already coming back from the community."

The evening was filled with food, activities and fun for the entire family.

Nationwide, millions of neighbors take part in their own National Night Out events, which take place on the first Tuesday in August.

The events are designed to enhance the relationship between residents and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It also provides an opportunity to bring police officers and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

The Osakis event was such a hit that organizers hope to make it an annual tradition.

"We are already brainstorming and trying to be creative to come up with new things for next year," Schultz said.

The event wouldn't have been a success without the support of local businesses and organizations, including the Osakis Lions, Henry's Foods, Subway, First National Bank, Osakis VFW, Hensley Trucking, Hendricks Insurance, West Central Sanitation, Osakis Liquor Store, VFW Auxiliary, Tip Top Dairy Bar, Roy Hetland Funeral home, Osakis Antiques, True North Transport, True Value Hardware, North Star Bottling Water, Elden's Fresh Foods, Bernick's Pepsi, Jump 4 Fun Inflatables, North Memorial Ambulance, Osakis city crews and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.