Soaking up sun and sounds at the Centennial Summer Kickoff

Posted 6/11/18

Couples swayed to the music, kids hula-hooped and firefighters livened up the scene at the Summer Kickoff Concert at Centennial Center Park. Denver-based band Groove a Licious, a funk-soul group, …

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Soaking up sun and sounds at the Centennial Summer Kickoff

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Couples swayed to the music, kids hula-hooped and firefighters livened up the scene at the Summer Kickoff Concert at Centennial Center Park.

Denver-based band Groove a Licious, a funk-soul group, opened up the concert before Chris Daniels and the Kings, a Denver-based blues band, performed during the event's second half. More than 200 people attended the event, which ran in the late afternoon and evening June 9 at 13050 E. Peakview Ave.

Fire trucks parked in the lot, where kids donned miniature firefighter uniforms and helmets to participate in safety drills.

Becky Dvorak, a 36-year-old Centennial resident, brought her 6-year-old son, Thomas, who took part in the exercise led by South Metro Fire Rescue personnel.

“He always enjoys when they come out here,” Dvorak said.

Kim Spuhler, community risk-reduction specialist for South Metro Fire, led kids through an activity course that involved spraying water and crawling low to practice avoiding smoke.

“We're planting the seed for the next generation of firefighters,” said Spuhler, who said the exercise aimed to teach safety and passion for the fire service.

More than a dozen kids also took part in a hula-hooping contest that included challenging tricks.

“I think this is great for the city,” said Steve Valdez, 60, sitting near the rows of vendors in the parking lot. His wife runs the Devil Dog Grill, which served food at the event.

“Next year, I'm going to invite all my friends and family,” Valdez said.

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