Cologne FD to host 5th annual Firehouse Drive-In

The 5th  annual Cologne Firehouse Drive-In will be held Aug. 16 and 17 and will include movies and other family-friendly activities.
The 5th
annual Cologne Firehouse Drive-In will be held Aug. 16 and 17 and will include movies and other family-friendly activities.

The Cologne Firehouse Drive-In is back for its fifth year and promises to please every age group.

Building on the success of the past four years, this year’s event is returning with a great lineup of movies and the very explosive fireworks show on both evenings.

The Drive-In is an annual fundraiser put on by the Cologne Fire Department Relief Association. During two evenings in the late summer, the Village Park, in the small West Carver town of Cologne, becomes a drive-in movie theater that rivals the days of the late 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Complete with a concession stand that offers all the movie treats and an afternoon that keeps all entertained until the movies start, this in an event you’ll want to make sure you attend.

The movie line-up for Friday, Aug. 16 is “Rise of the Guardians” followed by “Field of Dreams.” On Saturday, Aug. 17, “The Lorax” will be followed by “Stand by Me”.

With a screen large enough for someone out on Highway 212 to see, 50–by–30 feet, you are sure to be drawn into all the action the movies have to offer.

Unlike the golden age where you hung a speaker on your car, today’s sound comes directly through your vehicle’s radio.

“We have come a long ways in technology but one thing that has not changed is the love of watching a movie on a big screen,” said Cologne Fire Chief Chuck Joos. “The past four years has proved that, we continue to grow and people keep talking about the great time they have.”

Plenty of other activities are planned for the two days, including a fireworks show both nights in-between the first and second movie.

The bean bag tournament returns again this year and will start on Saturday at 4 p.m. for anyone interested in playing. Call 507-327-7534 to enter your team or register onsite. There is a $10 registration fee per team, with prizes to be given away at the end of the tournament.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday with activities for both kids and adults.

The smoke house, fire truck rides and bounce houses will be back as well as the big hit last year, pony rides. The concession stand offers all the goodies deserving of a drive-in, so come check out all the great treats.

Make sure to show up early and bring your lawn chairs, blankets, radios (to listen to the movie if you are outside your car), gloves, footballs and other outdoor toys.
Parking passes are needed to reserve a spot for your car. Parking passes can be picked up at Lenzen Chevrolet Buick in Chaska, KleinBank in Cologne and the Holiday Station Store in Cologne. You may also get your parking pass from a Cologne Fire Department member.

Parking passes can be picked up for a donation of $20 each per night in advance or $25 at the gate. The proceeds from the donation will be going towards the 1924 La France truck restoration. If you have an old car and plan to come, you can enjoy special pricing on Saturday. If you arrive and park by 6:45 p.m, your donation for the parking pass is only $15. These special priced passes are only available at the gate on Saturday.

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