Area churches gathered Tuesday evening at the Junior High track for Carthage’s National Night Out — but had to leave early when rain hit.

“We’re not gonna let Satan get ahold of us here, but we’re just excited to be able to get out this many people and just meet our community,” Collin Perkins, music minister at Central Baptist Church, said. “This is something that we can continue to do year by year and that we want to do year by year, and we just hope that the Lord continues to bless it.”

The event began at 5:30 p.m. with snow cones, hot dogs, bouncy castles, slip and slides and live music, along with visits from local first responders. It was supposed to last until 8 p.m. but got rained out around 6:30 p.m.

“I just wanna say thanks to all the volunteers and those who spent time, money and effort to put this together,” Perkins said.