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Community comes together for All Town Barbecue

Shane Bartmann, 15, has been attending the Windsor Summer Concert Series since he was about 15 months old.

He and his family were enjoying burgers, chips and drinks Thursday night on the grass in Boardwalk Park for the kickoff of the concert series and the Windsor Chamber's annual All Town Barbecue.

His mom, Sherry Bartmann, said she and her family have enjoyed meeting up with old friends and seeing familiar faces at the concert series and barbecue.

"It really brings people together," she said.

While they munched and waited for the Stolen Winnebagos to start playing, a large crowd worked to find seats with a good view of the stage.

Michal Connors, director of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, said last year around 2,500 people were served at the barbecue, and this year the chamber expected around 3,000.

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Jovanna Bent and her family were attending the event for the first time Thursday and said the number of people who attended the event surprised them.

"It's pretty awesome," Billy Bent said.

Some new additions to the event this year included booths from local businesses, the Clearview Library District and the Greeley Stampede, and a beer garden with beer from High Hops Brewery, organized by the Clearview Library Foundation.

Connors said the booths stem from the chamber's need for sponsors for the event to help after the number of attendants grew in recent years.

"And the business community was thrilled, we couldn't believe how many sponsors we got," she said.

The barbecue, Connors said, was initially meant to thank locals for shopping locally, but the event has grown so large thanking individuals has become a little more challenging.

"It's just camaraderie, you know, get the community out together and meet the neighbors," she said.

A surprise appearance from the Colorado Eagles' mascot Slapshot kicked off the concert. Mayor Kristie Melendez congratulated the Eagles on their first Kelly Cup championship and invited residents at the event to attend the celebration Friday at the Budweiser Events Center.

Slapshot spent time high-fiving and hugging the more than 20 children who ran up to say hello.

Summer Concert Series

The town of Windsor’s Summer Concert Series will continue through Aug. 10 at Boardwalk Park, 100 N. 5th St. All concerts run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays.

The Summer Concert Series includes:

» June 15: Colorado Swing, big band swing.

» June 22: Sean Curtis, country.

» June 29: Steve Manshel Band, variety dance.

» July 6: Town Mountain, Carolina string.

» July 13: Pandas and People, alternative rock/folk.

» July 20: Quemondo, Latin/salsa.

» July 27: Kasey Tyndall, country.

» Aug. 3: The Nadas, rock.

» Aug. 10: Cowboy Dave Band, honkytonk country.

For more information or to become a sponsor, call Recreation Supervisor Luke Bolinger at (970) 674-3525, or go to the town’s website at windsorgov.com/concerts.