By Ally Cooley (Fort Carson)August 8, 2013
FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Nearly 1,000 residents turned out for the fourth annual resident barbecue July 31.
While soaking up some sun, residents were able to enjoy a barbecue lunch, bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, face painting and giveaways. In addition, members of the Fort Carson Fire Department provided children with an up-close look at a fire truck.
Resident Robin Edwards attended the event with her two sons, Evan, 4, and Ty, 8. They learned about proper snake handling by Fort Carson Conservation Law Enforcement.
"This is a great event, and we're having lots of fun,"said Robin Edwards.
The event was hosted by Balfour Beatty Communities, which provides oversight of post housing.
"We would like to take this time to just say 'thank you' to our residents for choosing us for their Families' housing needs. We are very appreciative of that, and this was a small way of saying 'thank you,'" said Kris Spiller, LifeWorks Coordinator for BBC.
One of the highly-anticipated events was the water balloon toss. Friends and Families partnered up, eager to try their luck. Sgt. Travis Like, Company F, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment,1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and his son, Cole, discussed strategies beforehand to help keep their balloon from popping. Some participants were soaked when their water balloons broke over their heads or after falling to the ground. The water balloon toss ended in a tie, with the Likes among the winners.
Daniel Stoudt said his favorite part of volunteering for the event was seeing how excited the children were for something as simple as an inflatable obstacle course and to spend time with their Family.
"This has been a really fun experience and I would definitely do it again," said Stoudt, of his first time volunteering as part of the Volun-teen program.