Hundreds attend inaugural Back the Blue events

Photo by David Kapitan

Local Back the Blue events in Wills Point included a rolling caravan of vehicles from the Van Zandt County Regional Airport to the high school parking lot.

The Wills Point Police Department has put together a concerted effort to improve relations between the department and community at-large over the past year, hosting a series of events to help bridge the gap between the residents of the city and first responders. In March, the department hosted its first ever Spring Fling event at the south ballpark, drawing crowds with food, fellowship and music. The WPPD took another step forward in its effort to reach the community, welcoming hundreds to both the Wills Point High School and Lester Park for their first ever Back the Blue BBQ Contest and Car Show. Despite the lingering threat of inclement weather throughout most of the morning, both events went off without a hitch, earning high praise from many event attendees.

Events kicked off July 14 with the BBQ Contest beginning at Lester Park with a series of smaller events leading into Saturday morning.

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