Firehouse Drive-In set for Aug. 18-19

The Cologne Firehouse Drive-In is set for Aug. 18 and 19, each night featuring a pair of movies. (Submitted photo)

The Cologne Firehouse Drive-In, now in its ninth year, has continued to entertain movie goers from near and far.
What started out as an end of summer fundraiser has become one of those events where you drive away saying “I’ve had the time of my life.”
Organized and put on by the Cologne Fire Department Relief Association, the Firehouse Drive-In is one of the can’t or better yet “don’t want to” miss events of the summer. The parking area is a perfect size for lots of cars and anywhere you park is gives you a perfect view of the large 50’ wide by 30’ high movie screen.
This year’s event will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings, August 18 and Aug. 19.
As every good drive-in back in the day, our drive-in offers a double feature each evening.
On Friday the shows are “Trolls” and “Frequency,” while the Saturday lineup includes “Moana” followed by “Dirty Dancing.”
Cologne Fire Chief Chuck Joos said members of the relief association are again excited to put on the Firehouse Drive-In.
“This year’s movies are great options for the families that attend,” said Joos. “We are very excited to show Frequency, which features a fireman and a police officer who work together to solve a crime. We invite you to join us to see what happens… We enjoy holding this event for the communities and while the movie goers are there, we even have the time to share some fire prevention and safety with them.”
In addition to the movies, the audience will be treated to an 8- to 10-minute fireworks shows both evenings between the first and second movies.
The movies and fireworks are just the beginning of what you can do when you come to the Firehouse Drive-In.
On both Friday and Saturday, kids will be able to enjoy a pony ride or the very popular firetruck ride. In addition there will be bounce houses and a playground to use. A fire department function would not be complete without the smoke house, offering kids an education on home fires and what to do in case of an emergency. These activities will be free for all the kids attending.
The gates will open at 6 p.m. on both evenings with kid activities starting at that same time. The concession stand promises to offer you all the goodies deserving of a drive-in, 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, new or old. If you bring your classic car over either evening, you will receive VIP parking in the first or second row to view the movies.
On Saturday with the earlier gate opening, if you drive your classic car over and park before 6:45 p.m., your parking pass will require only a $15 donation.
“This fundraiser has continued to grow, last year there was well over 450 cars between the two evenings,” said Joos. “Everyone is welcome to attend, why not give your car or truck a night out on the town and let her bring you over to the Firehouse Drive-In.”
Passes can be picked up at Lenzen Chevrolet Buick in Chaska, KleinBank in Cologne, the Holiday Station Store in Cologne and Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia. This year you may also order parking passes online at www.firehousedrivein.com and they will be sent to you before the event. You may also get your parking pass from a Cologne Fire Department member.
A donation to the CFD Truck Restoration Fund will get you the pass.
Plan early and get your pass for this once a year event. Parking passes are $20 each per night in advance or $25 at the gate. The donation goes towards the truck restoration and other projects funded by the Relief Association.
The Firehouse Drive-In is presented by Lenzen Chevrolet Buick of Chaska, KleinBank, Mid-County Coop, M/I Homes Hans Hagen Homes, and the City of Cologne.
The outdoor movie experience takes place at the Village Park in Cologne, which is the southwest corner of Highway 212 and County Road 53.
For more information, visit www.firehousedrivein.com or call John Hendel at 952-380-8064.