Olentangy Valley News

Mystery Night Out tests residents' detective skills

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The city of Powell is calling on all amateur sleuths to attend the city's first Mystery Night Out event.

Teams will assist Axel, the Powell Police Department's K-9, in an attempt to solve a fictional crime that occurred in the city's downtown during the event.

Mystery Night Out kicks off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Village Green Park, 47 Hall St.

The event will be held in conjunction with National Night Out, an annual event by the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch aimed at connecting residents and businesses with safety officials.

City spokeswoman Megan Canavan said the city previously had held open houses at the police department as part of National Night Out.

"The attendance was always a little bit lower than we'd like," Canavan said.

After a year with no National Night Out events, Canavan said city officials brainstormed on how to create a fun event that would attract more residents. She said 46 teams already have signed up for Mystery Night Out, which is open to residents of all ages.

After the teams have solved the 'crime,' they can return to Village Green Park for food, live music and raffles. Representatives of other safety agencies, including the Liberty Township Fire Department and Medflight of Ohio, will be on the scene and available to chat with visitors.

Residents can register for the new event by visiting eventbrite.com and searching "Mystery Night Out."

Canavan said residents can register online any time before the event, or can register in person at Village Green Park before the activities begin.

While Tuesday marks the first Mystery Night Out, Canavan said city officials hope it's not the last.

"Our hope is that it will become an annual event," she said.

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