VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Wednesday evening, residents of Terre Haute got the chance to visit with first responders and law enforcement at “Wabash Valley’s Dinner and a Show”.

Those who attended the event at Fairbanks Park were able to visit with local law enforcement and volunteer organizations. Different activities took place during the event, like inflatable obstacle courses, K9 demonstration, movie premiere, and more.

Families also had the opportunity to get free school supplies and a free dinner.

Local law enforcement say it’s important to have relationships with the community.

“It’s important for us to have the opportunity to get out and you know socialize with the public in a setting that’s not necessarily a crisis,” Chief of the Terre Haute Police Department Shawn Keen said.

“Building those community relationships and letting the community see kind of the personal side of those kinda behind the badge and that wear the uniform on a daily basis,” Chief of Operations at Vigo County Sheriff’s Department Derek Fell said.

This is an annual community-building event, that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.