Richmond says thanks to volunteers with an annual barbecue

RICHMOND—More than meetings, being a member of the City Council in Richmond requires going that extra mile—for instance, to barbecues.

A smiling Mayor Mike Hall explained the purpose of the city’s annual barbecue, hosted by the council.

“More than anything we’d want the residents and especially our volunteers that serve on our emergency response teams or various committees, whether it’s library or whatever the committee may be, to know just how appreciative we are of their time,” Hall said.

“This is just one way we can kind of pass along a thank you to them for that service that’s rendered.” Attendance at the barbecues can range anywhere from 800 to 1,000 people.

As the line for food stretched through the park, families and friends could be seen enjoying the provided entertainment for all ages. Mothers chasing children through the lines of blow up toys were laughing and taking pictures.

Under the pavilion the more seasoned generation was enjoying the view. Ronnie and Bill Shambaugh, recent residents, were in the pavilion audience. They expressed their love and grateful feelings they have for the city as they watched toddlers bobble in a nearby bouncy house. And as always it is great to see the younger crowd participating. Teenagers talked amongst themselves as they awaited their turns for the rock-climbing wall.

Music and games were brought to a halt for the signing of the Community Covenant. Richmond joins other Utah cities that have chosen to officially recognize the efforts of service members and their families, and to commit to build for them a network of support. The document was read and signed by the mayor, followed by the signatures of council members.

Lots of food and fun were had, but it was clear that the real theme of this event was reaching out to neighbors and strengthening community.

Published in cooperation with the Hard News Cafe. Original story is here.