Food, fun and fellowship were in abundance Tuesday night as Brown County celebrated National Night Out with dozens of community-building block parties.

Citizens and first responders got re-acquainted as neighborhoods in Brownwood, Early, Bangs and rural Brown County hosted the annual parties, which were attended by members of law enforcement, fire departments and Lifeguard Ambulance.

National Night Out, which is celebrated in Texas on the first Tuesday in October, “enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community,” the National Night Out website states.

“Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”

The event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie and is intended to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Brownwood Police Chief Ed Kading said earlier the event sends a message: anybody who would wish to do harm knows the majority of the citizens and law enforcement and everybody are communicating with each other.