Every year is the same. People show up, eat food, laugh, play, maybe cool off from the summer heat in the sprinkler, then wait another year and do it again. It sounds like a simple enough formula for engaging your neighbors and creating strong communities—and that’s just what the 5th Annual National Night Out event at Minnesota School of Business-Rochester (MSB) accomplished.
MSB hosts the National Night Out event each year because we embrace engaging with and strengthening the greater Rochester community. If you missed it this year, please plan on attending next year and enjoy the following recap on all the festivities:
Who knew this much food could be consumed:
- Close to 500 hot dogs (and that is without world champion hot dog eaters stopping by)
- 300 nachos (30 tortilla chips in each tray, one dip in nacho cheese for each one, times 300 nachos…wow: 9,000 dips AND lots of drips!)
- 300 sno-cones (it’s summer, it’s hot and it’s worth the brain freeze!)
- 30 gallons of lemonade (wish we could say we squeezed a lot of lemons, but it was the powder form).
There were inflatable games, carnival games, face painting, and a sprinkler to keep the kids cool! The local radio station, KROC, and Jason the DJ played great music and conducted live radio remote broadcasts throughout the evening. Target showed their support of NNO by bringing volunteers and prizes (10, $5 Target gift cards and candy treats and silly straws for the kids). The DJ did dance contests for the kids and gave away the Target gift cards as prizes.
None of the food or fun would be complete without the sound of bagpipes filling the pleasant air. The Rochester Caledonian Pipe Band, as part of a flash mob of bagpipers, visited three sites throughout the evening and MSB-Rochester was one of them!
Some notable guests included Rochester’s Mayor Ardell Brade, who made another visit to show his enthusiastic support, several of our city’s finest police officers and, of course, nearly 600 Rochesterites.
Thanks to Rochester’s encouraging embrace of National Night Out, especially those who made MSB-Rochester their home for a couple hours! See you next year.
Interested in learning more about National Night Out and MSB-Rochester? Call 507-536-9500.