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Family Night Out celebrates 11 years of Auburn fun

Annual event starts at 5 p.m. Saturday
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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Auburn is ready for a night of family fun this Saturday. The 11th annual Auburn Family Night Out will begin at 5 p.m. in Downtown and Old Town Auburn. “Family Night Out is a safe and sober family event originally planned to bring Old Town and Downtown together on the longest Saturday night of the year,” said Linda Robinson, event coordinator. Event highlights include a chalk art contest that starts at 5:15 p.m. in the Union Bank parking lot. Last year, 83 kids participated in the drawing competition. Robinson said the chalk art contest is a popular starting point for most families who then make their way through Downtown and over to the historic courthouse in Auburn where the Native Sons will have photo opportunities for kids who want to climb onto a historic wagon. Robinson said the event passport “drives” Family Night Out. Participants can pick one up at one of several locations marked with balloons. Robinson said those with a passport must get it stamped at multiple booths throughout Downtown and Old Town. Then, they are eligible for a raffle drawn at the end of the night at 9:15 p.m. in Downtown’s Central Square. Other highlights include pony rides, a petting zoo and rock-climbing wall in the Wells Fargo parking lot in Downtown. The Pioneer United Methodist Church will host its annual picnic and ice cream social on their front lawn. Also, the Placer Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will have a petmobile set up. A safety zone set up behind city hall will include a “smoke trailer.” The trailer, supervised by the Auburn Fire Department with help from Safe Kids Placer County, simulates how a family can escape from a smoke-filled home. The free training sessions will last about 30 minutes and start at 5 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. “Do you and your family know what to do in the event of a fire in the home?” asked Auburn Firefighter John Rogers. “Come and find out.” A free shuttle will loop through Downtown and Old Town and make stops along the way to help visitors get around the event. Also, this year Robinson said the event is partnering up with World Music Day to provide additional entertainment to families. Robinson highlighted that all proceeds from the event benefit the Auburn Recreation District’s youth programs. “It’s a great family event,” Robinson said. “Over the years we’ve seen kids grow up through this event and it’s kind of exciting.” For more information, call Robinson at (530) 888-1585. Reach Jenifer Gee at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com.