Fort Morgan Police Department hosts successful first barbecue with Blue event – The Fort Morgan Times


  • Law enforcement officers volunteer to participate in a water balloon fight with the children. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The children took turns riding the mechanical bull, competing to see who could hold out the longest. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Girl receives makeup inspired by ladybugs. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Children ride a course of Zorb balls, often referred to as human hamster balls. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • A free dinner of burgers, fries and drinks was served. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Representatives from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office welcome the community to the barbecue. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Kids line up to jump in the gumball themed bouncy house. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The Morgan County Ambulance Service offers free blood pressure checks, manual CPR training, and other helpful information at their booth. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The girls get their face made up. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Even adults joined in the fun of riding a mechanical bull. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • An officer strikes a “Come to Me” pose after being hit in the chest with a water balloon. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Families enjoy the inflatable mini-golf course. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Participants enter the raffle in hopes of winning the grand prize for a new smoker barbecue. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Stalls are set up around City Park, giving child safety tips and providing parents with information on local family resources. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Two boys prepare to run through the inflatable obstacle course. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Families learn how to stay safe around broken power lines at the Morgan County REA booth. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Law enforcement officers join in the fun of riding a mechanical bull. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Children are delighted to participate in the water balloon fight. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Children run around a makeshift course on tricycles. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor gives out free ice lollies. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Fort Morgan police took turns grilling burgers throughout the evening. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Some of the stalls had arts and crafts projects for the kids, like decorating tote bags and coloring. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • A mother and son take a look at the various emergency vehicles on display. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Children enjoy playing on several bouncy houses throughout the evening. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Morgan County Power Company REA teaches kids how to stay safe when power lines are down. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Juke Joint Cruisers perform for most of the event. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • While the adults participated in the raffle, kids could spin a wheel for prizes like yo-yos, fishing rods, and phone stands. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • A girl happily finishes the obstacle course. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Ambulance Director Travis Freeman teaches a girl how to perform CPR with hands only. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • A police boat was just one of the emergency vehicles people were able to explore during the event. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • The BBQ with the Blue event was followed by a screening of “The Goonies”. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Guests settled in for the last family movie night of the summer as the BBQ with the Blue event wrapped up. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

Tuesday August 10 marked the very first barbecue with the Blue event at Fort Morgan. The completely free event hosted by the Fort Morgan Police Department from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in City Park was held in place of the usual National Night Out in order to save money and give back to the community . Activities for children and their families included bouncy houses, inflatable mini-golf and obstacle courses, Zorb balls, arts and crafts, mechanical bull, water balloon fight, makeup and tricycle racing.

The park was lined with stalls from local organizations providing information on family resources and teaching children to be safe from potential dangers such as broken train tracks and power lines. Booths included: Salud Family Health Care, Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention, American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), Morgan Community College (MCC), Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), Morgan County Department of Human Services, Break the Silence, Car Seats Colorado, Baby Bear Hugs, SafeCare Colorado, Operation Lifesaver: Rail Safety Education, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, SHARE, Leptons Foods, SARA House, Morgan County Family Center, City of Fort Morgan, Sheriff’s Office Cadet Program, Morgan County REA. The La Michoacana ice cream parlor had also set up a stand to distribute free ice lollies.

Law enforcement officers from across Morgan County aided the event by displaying various emergency vehicles. Ambulances, state and police patrol cars, a fire engine, a police watercraft, a regional rescue vehicle (from the Brush Police Department), and even an old Dodge police car were on hand. participants to explore by sitting inside.

The Juke Joint Cruisers – a band made up of Mike Boyce, Lee Lippstrew and Randy Watson of Fort Morgan – performed music for most of the event, covering timeless tunes from everyone from Johnny Cash to Buddy Holly. .

For dinner, burgers, fries, and drinks were served, and law enforcement took turns grilling for the four-hour event until everyone was fed.

The event concluded with the raffle winners drawing, which included prizes such as annual passes to the new Fort Morgan Fieldhouse, a family movie night (including tickets, drinks and pop -corn) at the Cover Theater and the grand prize for a New Smoker’s BBQ Grill.

The last Fireside Chat of the summer was originally scheduled to follow the BBQ with the Blue event, but was canceled due to lack of question submissions. Instead, the last Family Movie Night of the summer kicked off early at 8:15 p.m. with a screening of “The Goonies,” a cult classic.

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