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Frisco City Council decides to finish BBQ Problem, Fourth of July fireworks to pursue different leisure choices

Festivalgoers stroll up and down Important Road through the Frisco BBQ Problem June 17. The competition won’t return in 2023.
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After months of evaluate and public dialogue, the Frisco BBQ Problem is cooked and the Fourth of July fireworks have fizzled.

Throughout a Tuesday, Oct. 25, work session, Frisco City Council determined to cease internet hosting the Frisco BBQ Problem to look into different leisure choices together with not pursue allowing for a fireworks show.

The city wished fireworks final summer season, however the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee denied the allow, citing impacts on visitors, wildlife, watersheds and public security. City Council mentioned that getting the allow for 2023 would probably be too troublesome.



“It is less than us,” City Council member Andy Held mentioned. “…That is sort of a waste of employees’s time.”

Nevertheless, City Council expressed curiosity in enhancing the parade for Fourth of July, although ultimate particulars are nonetheless to be decided. A launch from the city mentioned prospects embrace rising parade participation, having a block celebration after the parade with performers, hiring a extra well-known artist for a live performance and the doubtless including a ship parade.



The Frisco BBQ Problem, beforehand known as the Colorado BBQ Problem, was scaled again this June to present it a hometown really feel and deal with the barbecue. Sights like bouncy homes, mechanical bulls, chef demos and others had been eradicated.

Council mentioned changing the problem with a one-night occasion, like one thing just like reviving Music on Important with a notable musical act, in response to a press launch.

Vanessa Agee, communications director for the city, advised council that the “again to fundamentals” model had points corresponding to discovering sufficient distributors. She mentioned that gasoline costs, inflation, individuals promoting tools over the pandemic and final minute cancellations had been all elements.

Based on a employees report, the city spent 79% much less on advertising than in 2019. Agee mentioned the variety of attendees did drop however not sufficient for the quantity of distributors that they had. That led to lengthy strains and meals working out shortly. Agee added that vendor challenges would probably proceed.

“There was quite a lot of pent up demand,” Agee mentioned. “They got here, and a few had been upset.”

City Council member Lisa Holenko mentioned she would not see the benefit to the competition due to the bills. Based on a employees report 2019, the subsequent expense was $107,984 in 2019, which features a $73,805 donation to nonprofits that offered occasion providers. In 2022, the subsequent expense was $36,956. The report states that the occasion shouldn’t be a income producer.

Holenko additionally mentioned that barbecue shouldn’t be what attracts the vacationers to the group in comparison with out of doors recreation.

“It would not present Frisco in its greatest mild,” Holenko mentioned. “It’s undoubtedly not environmentally pleasant in any approach, each from what’s being consumed to the rubbish to the grease on the roads. … If it had been wholesome for the city, I’d be in assist of it. I do not suppose it’s wholesome for the city.”

Held agreed and mentioned many companies aren’t comfortable concerning the competition.

“I really feel like we approach outgrew what the BBQ Problem was,” he mentioned.

The work session was a possibility to go over outcomes from the most recent survey concerning the barbecue problem. Like final 12 months when discussing the way forward for the occasion, individuals mentioned they wished it to remain.

There have been 443 respondents, of which 52.98% had been Frisco residents, 18.48% had been second-home homeowners in Frisco and 18.71% owned a Frisco enterprise. Of all respondents, 72.78% mentioned they wished to see the Frisco BBQ Problem return.

By way of affect, 60.55% of all respondents believed the competition had a really constructive or constructive affect on the group, 23.56% thought it had a impartial affect and 15.89% mentioned it was unfavourable or very unfavourable.

Out of the enterprise homeowners, 42.47% believed the Frisco BBQ Problem had no affect on their enterprise, 27.4% mentioned it had a constructive affect and 16.44% mentioned affect was unfavourable.

“We’ll hear quite a lot of blowback on it,” council member Rick Ihnken mentioned. “However since I got here to council, I’ve heard zero companies ever say a constructive phrase about it. I used to be flabbergasted by that for years. We have sat down and talked about this manner too lengthy. I can not wrap my head round why it’s not assembly its supposed want, or its supposed objective, apart from having enjoyable.”

Mayor Hunter Mortensen mentioned he did have enjoyable and loves the opening night time live performance held on Thursdays earlier than the competition begins.

“I hope we can’t have an financial future the place the group will likely be begging us to have extra occasions,” Mortensen mentioned.

Ihnken talked about {that a} alternative could be essential since they’re pivoting away from what he known as Frisco’s “signature occasion.” There was some speak of adjusting to completely different delicacies, however that was dismissed.

“Will probably be a poor surrogate, and they’ll simply evaluate it in opposition to that,” Agee mentioned. “It won’t evaluate favourably.”

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