Schneider to make appearance at Sulphur’s National Night Out

Published 10:00 am Saturday, July 31, 2021

By Rita LeBleu

Southwest Daily News

He is known by some as the man who played Clark Kent’s kindly dad on “Smallville”, which aired from 2000 to 2006. Others will always see him as the impulsive Beauregard “Bo” Duke from the Dukes of Hazzard, 1979 to 1985.

At Sulphur’s 18th annual National Night Out, Southwest Louisiana residents will get the chance to meet John Schneider, the actor behind these roles. The completely free event, which includes free food and free carnival-themed games, will be held at the West Cal Arena on Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

General Lee won’t be there, but car enthusiasts will enjoy the display of vintage, custom and rare models, which will be displayed. Acadian Ambulance will land a helicopter during the evening. Law enforcement will have their motorcycles and high-water tactical units there.

Schneider showed up after the hurricanes at Care Help in Sulphur to assist those in need after the hurricanes, according to Mandy Thomas, public information officer for the city.

“He’s a friend of Jo-El Sonnier and his wife who volunteer at Care Help,” Thomas said. “State Rep. Stuart Moss and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser also helped us reach out and confirm his visit.”

Sulphur Police Department Jason Gully has seen the event grow during the six years he’s been directly involved.

“We probably had 2,500 people there in 2019,” he said. “We didn’t do it last year because of COVID.”

Officers from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department and Louisiana State Police will also participate. National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event held throughout the United States the first Tuesday of August.

Gully said it’s a way to bring law officers and community together under positive circumstances and to send a message of neighborhood camaraderie.

“This year there will be more interaction than ever with the Sulphur PD. The carnival-themed games will be manned by officers.”

When kids knock down the bricks with the baseball, a radar gun will be used to clock the ball speed. Local businesses and The Rotary Club are supplying hot dogs and jambalaya.

One local business is bringing an ice cream truck.