Last year on the Western Slope, the caravan only made it to Grand Junction, Alamosa and Gunnison, said Broncos’ spokesman Dustin Frost. But this year the tour kicked off in Grand Junction on Wednesday, and will be in Montrose today. The caravan then travels to Durango, Alamosa, Walsenburg and Pueblo. The caravan will also visit three towns on the Front Range, but that schedule hasn’t been announced yet, he said.
Miles, the Broncos’ mascot, will be part of the caravan, Frost said, and all of the troupe will have a private visit today with patients at Montrose Memorial Hospital from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. the caravan will set up at U.S. Bank at 1500 Oak Grove Road for a meet-and-greet and autographs by the cheerleaders, Miles the Mascot and Ekuban.
But the big event is later in the day, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., when the caravan will have several tents set up during Main in Motion, at the corner of North First Street and Uncompahgre Avenue, a block north of East Main Street. Crews will start setting up the Broncos site at around 2:30 p.m., he said.
In addition more autograph opportunities at Main in Motion, the caravan brought along the Broncos’ Superbowl trophies, and other exhibits of Broncos memorabilia. Fans can also see identical flags that read, “Montrose Is Broncos Country,” but one of them for fans to sign, Frost said.
“The signed one will be hung at Invesco Field and the other one will go to the (Montrose) mayor so the city will be able to fly as they see fit,” he said.
Corporate sponsors of the caravan will also have booths set up at the intersection with fun activities planned, Frost said. The Colorado Department of Highways will have a throwing tunnel where Broncos’ fans can throw a ball for prizes, he said, and Rocky Mountain Health Plans will have a space where people can run a 40 yard dash and compare their times to those of certain NFL players.
Frost said after the Broncos organization decided to concentrate more on the Western Slope this year, they sent out a call to different communities to submit letters stating why the caravan should stop in their town.
Mayor Kathy Ellis sent a response letter back in April, which states in part:
“The City of Montrose is definitely Broncos Country! So many of our citizens, especially our city employees, are diehard Bronco fans who never miss watching a Bronco game – win or lose! They love the team and its players and are proud to be Broncos fans.”
The letter had the desired effect, Frost said.
“The mayor’s letter helped,” he said. “Montrose is one of the towns that did submit a letter saying they had fanatical fans in Broncos’ country.”
Mac Freeman Sr., vice president of business development for the Broncos, said in a news release that the caravan gives the team’s representatives “a chance to get out and thank our fans and leave a lasting impression within each community. Spending a day in these communities who support us so passionately is extremely important to everyone in the Broncos organization.”