SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, COLO. --
Team Schriever members are invited to celebrate summer and go to the Summer Slam Base Picnic, the 50th Force Support Squadron’s largest annual event July 21 beginning at 10 a.m.
Wayne Kingsbury, event coordinator, predicts that there will be approximately 1,700 people will be in attendance this year, and stressed the importance of receiving support from all 50th Space Wing members to ensure success of the event.
“We can’t do this alone,” Kingsbury said. “We need all the help we can get.”
New features of the picnic this year will include pony rides and a “fire muster”, which is Schriever’s own band of firefighters completing various tasks for show, like hauling hoses and filling buckets.
“We love seeing the entire Schriever community come together to bring fun to the event, so we're excited to see what our Team 5-0 fire team have up their sleeves,” said Jennifer Stark, 50 FSS marketing director.
FSS have also acquired exotic rides such as camels and elephants for guests to enjoy from 10 a.m.-noon, and pony rides will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants will need to sign a liability waiver and wear a wristband before taking part.
In addition to the games and activities like inflatable hamster balls, rock climbing walls and bounce castles, the Air Force band “Wild Blue Country” will be playing through to the afternoon.
Other activities will include an electric train for kids, renaissance fair actors performing and guest appearances from the Switchbacks mascot and team players.
Stark said the best part about the event is the family-friendly atmosphere.
“The amount of opportunity for the entire family to come out and have fun is the best part,” Stark said. “From carnival style activities such as gravity play, to riding on elephants and camels, this event is made to bring the entire family some fun.”
Complimentary hot dogs, chips, cookies, ice cream sandwiches, water and soda will be available, as well as drinks.
In preparation for the picnic, the basketball court at the fitness center will be closed from noon-7:30 p.m. July 20. Additionally, there will be no after-hours access on July 21 at 6 p.m. Regular fitness center hours will resume July 22.
For more information about the Summer Slam or to volunteer, contact Master Sgt. Janelle Amador at 567-5927.