The weather worked against them. With a temperature in the mid 50s, the air was coolish. The crowd was small, but their enthusiasm made up for it.
CSI and the SWAT team opened their trucks for inspection. The K-9 corps had a couple of rambunctious Belgium Malinois on display -- look but don't touch. A wagging tail means he's ready to bite. Let's not confuse the canines with McGruff, the friendly crime dog. His tail doesn't wag, but he'll shake your hand. Heck, he'll give you a high-five.
And Sgt. Brian Rackow let delighted kids pilot the EOD robot on a successful mission to pick up a can of Orange Crush. Way to go, young man! Then there was the dunking booth.
Ya gotta love Officer Larry Woodruff, a guy willing to stand up to -- or rather take a dunk for -- a pack of strong armed, ball throwing kids aiming to drop him into a tub of water.
Over and over again he went under, and Officer Woodruff had such good humor about it. Some of the kids couldn't hurl the ball hard enough to trigger the release, so he let them walk right up and physically mash it. Down he went, laughing the whole way. Ya gotta love that guy.
Oh, and let's not forget the hot dogs. The color was a healthy pink with touches of open grill tan. Juicy with a nice mix of meat and fat, when placed on a soft bun adorned with mustard they made a rich and tasty meal. Bon appétit.