Corcoran Night to Unite draws crowd of 600 plus

An estimated crowd of 600 to 650 people filled the Corcoran Public Works Garage to its seams at the community Night to Unite party on Aug. 1. (Photo courtesy of city of Corcoran)

An estimated 600 to 650 people turned out for Corcoran’s community Night to Unite party, held Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the city Public Works Facility. This was only the second year for this event.

“Our little party has grown into a big deal,” said Corcoran Police Officer Peter Ekenberg. “Last year we had 370-375 people at the city party. Pat (Meister) told me to plan for 600 people (this year). I thought he was crazy. Since I have learned to trust Pat, we planned for a max of 600 people, a lofty goal.”

The event included the Corcoran Police Department; Corcoran Public Works; fire fighters from Loretto, Hanover and Rogers; North Memorial Air Care; North Memorial Ambulance; a Department of Natural Resources conservation officer and K-9; Hennepin County Sheriff’s mounted patrol officer; SWAT truck and crime lab; face painting; chalk coloring contest; bean bag boards; lawn Jenga; prize drawings; inflatable bounce houses and slide and kiddie train. The crowd had dinner of hot dogs, roasted corn, snow cones, popcorn, root beer floats and ice cream sundaes.

Seven neighborhood parties across Corcoran also took place during Night to Unite. Corcoran Police, City Council members and firefighters visited these parties.

Corcoran Night to Unite was supported by the City Council, community volunteers, Corcoran Public Works Department, Corcoran Police, city employees, Northwest Area Jaycees, Corcoran Lions and local businesses and sponsors.

Corcoran Police Officer Peter Ekenberg drives the kiddie train at city’s community Night to Unite Party on Aug. 1. The party took place at the Corcoran Public Works garage. (Photo courtesy of city of Corcoran)