Woodstock ready for Community Safety Day

The Woodstock Police Department and a long list of other agencies and private organizations are preparing to welcome the rest of the town to the 4th annual Community Safety Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at W.W. Robinson Elementary School.

The event featuring games, demonstrations and exhibits, many with a public safety theme, has proved to be a popular attraction in its first three years, and Police Chief Eric Reiley said he expects 2015 to be no exception.

“We’re excited about it,” Reiley said. “It looks like the weather is going to hold up. We’re hoping for a big crowd.”

Last year’s event drew an estimated 2,000 to 2,500, about half the town’s population, Reiley said.

A Civil War mobile history unit and the fire department’s smoke trailer are among the new attractions this year.

The list of events includes a fire truck pull competition at 12:30 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony for the winners.

Trained police dogs that specialize in tracking and drug, arson and bomb detection will be giving demonstrations of their abilities throughout the day.

Reiley said Valley Health and Shenandoah Memorial Hospital will be donating 150 bicycle helmets to be given away to youngsters attending the bicycle rodeo.

Exhibits include a petting zoo, antique military vehicles and a medical airlift helicopter.

“It’s an opportunity for kids to come and interact with police officers and firefighters in a positive way,” Reiley said of safety day. “They can have fun, and it’s all free.”

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com