Every year, the Basalt Regional Heritage Society hosts a community picnic. This year the date, July 3, was chosen to coincide with the start of the 2018 Lake Christine Fire. One year after the start of the conflagration that threatened Basalt, El Jebel and Missouri Heights, Basaltines are celebrating the fact their town is still standing.
The Community Picnic was a celebration of the Roaring Fork Fire Rescue firefighters and all the first responders who helped during the fire. But that didn’t stop the firefighters from hopping behind the grill and cooking up 750 hot dogs, donated by Home Team BBQ and the Inn at Aspen. Attendees brought plenty of side dishes and desserts.
Locals soaked up the sun, sitting on the grass, or gathered round the tables beneath a massive American flag suspended from a fire truck ladder. Kids tested out the hose and rang the horn on a historic fire truck. And the newly renovated Arbaney barn was open for tours.