FMPD Hosts Free BBQ With The Blue On August 10 – The Fort Morgan Times
On Tuesday, August 10, the Fort Morgan Police Department will host a BBQ with the Blues from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Downtown City Park in Fort Morgan.
The entire event is free to the public and will feature food and activities for children of all ages. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a demonstration of the FMPD bicycle patrol. At 4:30 p.m. there will be a water balloon launch.
There will be a zipline set up on the main street, as well as a mechanical bull, a hamster ball track, various bounce houses, including one with a slide, mini golf course, obstacle course, face painting and a bicycle rodeo for children and adults.
The children’s bike rodeo will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., then adult pedal carts will be out from 6.30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Juke Joint Cruisers will perform from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Dahms-Talton Band Shell. The three-piece Rockabilly group is made up of vocalist and bassist and guitarist Mike Boyce, drummer and backing vocals Randy Watson, and guitarist and vocalist Lee Lippstrew.
Agents will start serving all hot dogs and beef burgers around 5 p.m. and all food is free to the public. This will be the first barbecue with the Blue as the FMPD goes from its typical associated event to National Night Out.
The change was driven by a desire to cut costs and to really focus on giving back to the community.
“We went out to the public for sponsorships and received a lot more support than we ever imagined,” said Loren Sharp, Fort Morgan Police Chief. “What we thought was a small event has grown and we are now anticipating around 1,200 people. We recognized that we were paying money to organize a national night, since it is a national program.
Chief Sharp explained that the FMPD had to pay to be a member of the National Night Out organization, pay to be allowed to advertise the event and that overall it cost the ministry money. .
“We decided we wanted to host our own event to bring the community together and give back to the community,” said Chief Sharp. “We had almost all of the food donated. The support of the community is quite exciting.
Members of the Wiggins Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Brush Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Volunteer Fire Department from Fort Morgan are also expected to attend the event.
The Brush Police Department will be bringing in an oversized MRAP motor vehicle for people to check out. The other departments will also bring various emergency vehicles that people will have the opportunity to see inside.
Another unique aspect of this year’s event is that the FMPD contacted Hillcrest Apartments and other retirement homes to provide transportation to and from the event. Usually, the FMPD holds a separate event for the elderly, but this year they thought it would be good to include everyone in one event.
“There will be several non-profit kiosks that will share their resources and what is available in the community,” said Chief Sharp. “Everything is educational and free. There will be educational materials that hopefully people can take advantage of and learn about what is happening in the community and have the opportunity to explore emergency vehicles.
The BBQ with the Blues will end at 8 p.m. and will be followed by the last fireside chat of the summer with Mayor Ron Shaver, City Manager Steve Glammeyer and Chief Sharp.
Anyone wishing to ask a question during the August 10 Fireside Chat is welcome to submit their questions in advance to [email protected]
At the end of the conversation, the city will show its latest outdoor summer film, “The Goonies”. August 10th should be a fun night for everyone in the community.