Fun Ideas for the Thanksgiving Kids Table

Thanksgiving Table set with food with family surrounding the table | Ogden, UT

There’s an awful lot to think about when you’re hosting Thanksgiving, including how you will keep the little ones happy and occupied while the adults are feasting and conversing. Use these fun ideas for how to decorate and prepare a Thanksgiving children’s table so that your youngest dinner guests have a great time this holiday.

Coloring Pages

 Nothing passes the time while waiting on desert like a little festive coloring. Print out some Thanksgiving-themed coloring pages for your kiddos ahead of time, and fill a few jars with different colored crayons that you can leave at the table. You can even take the creative space one step further by covering the kids table with a paper table cloth, inviting kids to draw and color right on the table.

Crafts that Inspire Gratitude

Set out an “I am thankful for…” book and invite kids to draw pictures or write sentences about what makes them feel gratitude. Alternatively, you can cut out leaf shapes from construction paper ahead of time, and invite the kids to write what they’re thankful for on each of the leaves. When finished, you can hang the leaves up with string creating a nice, homemade Thanksgiving decoration.

“Give Thanks” Centerpiece

As you’re picking out festive dinnerware and placemats for the kids table, remember to make an equally festive centerpiece. This is an easy do-it-yourself option and you can even invite the kids to help you make the “Give Thanks” centerpiece.

We here at Westland Ford want to wish you and your family an early Happy Thanksgiving. Make sure to contact us to schedule a pre-trip service appointment for

Electric Ford F-150 Prototype Tows 1 Million Pounds

2019 Ford F-150 | Ogden, UT

Until now, there haven’t been many options for drivers who want an electric vehicle but still need something that can tow and haul. However, at the beginning of this year, Ford announced that they’d be releasing an all-electric version of their Ford F-150. Since then, that announcement has inspired lots of excitement in the eco-conscious community.

Though Ford has yet to announce exactly when the all-electric F-150 will go into production, it has done a great job of keeping fans excited. This summer, Ford released a video that demonstrated the immense towing capabilities of the electric Ford F-150 prototype. In it, the chief engineer of the F-150, Linda Zhang, shows off the electric F-150 prototype’s towing power by pulling 42 2019 Ford F-150 trucks as well as 10 double-decker rail cars. Altogether, the electric Ford F-150 prototype tows 1 million pounds in the video.

Granted, the prototype boasts a greater capability than what the production version of the electric truck will offer. But whatever capability it does provide is sure to be enough to meet, and perhaps exceed, the needs of electric-truck consumers.

Contact us at Westland Ford for more news from the automaker. Or stop by in person to experience the capability and high-tech amenities of a shiny new 2020 Ford truck.   

Ford Wins World Record for Largest Mustang Parade

2019 Ford Mustang | Ogden, UT

In early September, Ford set a new world record for the largest Mustang parade ever, featuring 1,326 Ford Mustangs from every decade. The parade, which took place in the Lommel Proving Ground in Belgium, aimed to beat the previous world record of 960 Mustangs, also held by Ford.

The old record of 960 was set at a parade in Toluca, Mexico, in December of 2017. For the 2019 parade, Mustang drivers came to Belgium from all over Europe and drove in a straight line with no more than 20 meters between each car to qualify for the record.

2019 is the 55th anniversary of the Mustang, so drivers drove their Mustangs in a celebratory choreography during the parade as well, before parking side by side in an enormous parking lot for drivers and attendees to view. The namesake of the Ford Mustang, the P51 fighter plane, even did a flyover at the parade.

Belgium was the perfect place to hold the parade; the Mustang is more popular there than in any other country in Europe. And sales of the Mustang in Europe overall have increased by 3.7 percent from last year for a total 5,500, helping the Mustang keeps it title of best-selling sports car worldwide for the fourth year in a row.

Contact us at Westland Ford for more exciting news from the automaker. Or better yet, stop by to test-drive one of our shiny new Ford models in person.

Fall Events in Evanston, Wyoming

Three young kids hanging out with pumpkins | Ogden, UT

There are a variety of fun events coming up this fall in Evanston, Wyoming — driving to them is the perfect way to test out your new Ford vehicle from Westland Ford. Check out some of these autumnal events in Evanston for the perfect way to make this fall the best one yet.

Evanston Farmers Market

The Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. at the Evanston Historic Depot Square, but the last day for the year is Oct. 3, so don’t miss it. These next couple of weeks are your last chance at delicious local produce and goods from vendors based in and around Evanston.

Cake Pops 101

Celebrate the bounty of sugary treats that autumn brings when you participate in Cake Pops 101 on Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m. Stephanie Anderson will guide you through making your own cake pop creations. Check out the website to sign up for the workshop and reserve your spot.

Hunters Widow Night

The annual Hunters Widow Night will take place on Oct. 17 from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Evanston. Check out the specials, wares from participating merchants, and join in the Scavenger Hunt to win a prize. You can even enter to win Main Street Cash for more shopping at the shops and boutiques downtown and eating at Evanston’s many wonderful restaurants.

Contact us at Westland Ford for more fall-themed activities to try this fall.

What is There That’s Cheap or Free to Do in Ogden

Bar & Restaurants on the Street

Westland Ford is proud to call Ogden our home, and we’re committed to making sure that our neighbors make the most of our fair city. If you’re working with a tighter budget but don’t want to miss out on the chance to have fun on the weekends, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s plenty that’s cheap or free to do in Ogden.

  • Historic 25th Street. 25th Street is Ogden’s cultural and entertainment mecca, and it’s bound to come alive on just about any day of the week. The street isn’t just lined with travelers, but also with great things to do at affordable prices, like the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum, the Art House Cinema, and plenty of bars and restaurants.
  • Waterfall Canyon Trail. A quick and easy hike that resolves with a 200-foot waterfall and a gorgeous canyon vista — what’s not to like? Even if you’re not a terribly experienced hiker, it’s well worth trying for the payoff, but you’ll want to be sure to bring a skilled friend or two in your group since the trail can get a bit treacherous.
  • Ogden Botanical Gardens. There’s no finer place to go for a leisurely stroll in our city than the Ogden Botanical Gardens, which has been blessing us all with great beauty for a quarter century. With a wide range of flora to see and smell, the gardens are a great place to take a moment out from the workaday and appreciate the beautiful things.

Ogden is a wonderful city, and Westland Ford couldn’t be happier to call it our own. If you need a reliable and affordable new ride to get around town, we’re ready to make a difference for you.

3 Best Back-to-School Ford Vehicles for First-Time College Students

Though summer isn’t over yet, it’s never too early to start thinking about going back to school. If you are heading off to college for the first time at a commuter college or an out-of-state school at which you’ll need a set of wheels, consider getting a new reliable car before heading out. Here are three of the best back-to-school Ford vehicles at Westland Ford.

2019 Ford Fiesta | Ogden, UT

 

2019 Ford Fiesta

Ford’s smallest car is also its most affordable. The new Ford Fiesta starts as low as $14,260 and is incredibly efficient, earning up to 35 miles per gallon on the highway.* The Fiesta is offered in a range of eye-catching colors, such as Lightning Blue and Outrageous Green Metallic.

2019 Ford Fusion | Ogden, UT

2019 Ford Fusion

If you want a slightly larger car that is still highly affordable and highly efficient, consider the 2019 Ford Fusion with seating for up to five. The Fusion is available with a number of Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver assist safety features, including the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert and Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking.

 

2019 Ford EcoSport | Ogden, UT

2019 Ford EcoSport

If you will regularly be going home to do laundry, consider Ford’s newest and smallest crossover, the 2019 Ford EcoSport. Still highly efficient, the EcoSport comes with 30 standard storage compartments and offers plenty of room for all your dirty laundry, with 50 cubic feet of cargo space.

Test-drive all three of these affordable models when you stop by Westland Ford.

*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary.

4th of July 5K in Ogden

Running a 5K | Ogden, UT

Do you love running? How about running for a good cause? This summer, you can support Homes for Our Troops while also running or walking either a 5K or 10K. The 4th of July 5K in Ogden is a virtual race. This means, once you register, you can choose the date and route that works best for you. You then submit your time and get your medal shipped to you.

It costs $20 to sign up for the run and at least 15% of the proceeds will be donated to Homes for Our Troops. The registration fee includes your official race bib, your medal, and any shipping costs.

While the run is called a 4th of July 5K, you can choose any day in July to run. This means registration is open through the end of July. If you want to support the cause even more, you can purchase official shirts and hoodies online.

Homes for Our Troops is dedicated to building specially-designed custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans to help them live a better life. These homes are provided with zero cost to the veterans. It is one of the nation’s top-rated veterans and military charities with nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated going directly to its veterans’ programs.

Here at Westland Ford, we hope to see you at this exciting Fourth of July event.

Ford Connected Car Services Expands to Package Delivery

Delivering a Package

If you have ever suffered the misfortune or having your Amazon packages stolen from your porch or the inconvenience of a weather-beaten book on your front step, Ford has a solution. Ford is teaming up with Amazon to bring Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery to many Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

This is the latest expansion of Ford connected car services. With Amazon In-Car delivery, you can choose to have your packages delivered inside your Ford instead of being left on your porch. This service will work through the FordPass pass and will link with your Amazon Prime account.

In the app, you will need to activate your Ford and its location for in-car delivery. Then, when you check out on Amazon, you will need to select the in-car delivery option. When your package is out for delivery, you will receive multiple notifications, including one right before delivery. You will also get a delivery confirmation and verification that your vehicle has been securely locked again.

If you change your mind about in-car delivery, you can block access to your car in the app and the delivery driver will drop off the package at the building where you are parked, or you can reschedule for the next day.

To learn more about this service, feel free to speak with our staff at Westland Ford.

Get Your Car Summer Ready

Ford Service Maintenance

Winter is over and it’s time to get ready for summer. The Quick Lane® Tire & Auto Center at Westland Ford provides thorough inspection and maintenance to keep you safe and prepared for all those summer trips. No appointment is required, just stop on by when most convenient to get your car summer ready.

Tires

Tires can wear down and sometimes wear unevenly. A tire rotation can ensure even wear and extend your tires’ lifetimes. Your car may only need some simple maintenance tips, but if you do need new tires, Quick Lane® offers 13 brand-name tire choices like Goodyear and Michelin.

Oil

Regular oil changes can improve gas mileage and extend the life of your car. An oil change ensures a healthy engine, and Quick Lane® provides three different packages that can include tire rotations and battery tests.

Brakes

Brakes are vital to a safe drive for both you and those around you. Winter snow and salt can take their toll, so have your brakes tested for peak performance. If you hear squealing, it’s time to come in.

Cooling System

Warm weather can do a number on an already hot engine. Have the experts at Quick Lane® look over the cooling system and hoses so that your engine stays cool during the hot months ahead.

Windshield Wipers

Often overlooked, a worn-down pair of wipers can seriously impair driving when the weather is dangerous. Replace your wipers to make sure no storm can block your view.

For assistance in preparing you car for the summer season, feel free to reach out to our service team at Westland Ford.

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Ford Expands Medical Transportation Service Nationwide

2019 Ford Transit Van

Last year, Ford created a transportation service called GoRide Health that utilizes Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans for non-emergency medical transport for public use. After a year perfecting the system in the southeast Michigan area, Ford now plans to expand its services nationwide. They are currently operating in Toledo, Ohio, and plan to move services into Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus.

Many people, especially those with disabilities or in wheelchairs, need reliable transportation for regular medical visits. The GoRide service has been gaining attention from large-managed care organizations for its usefulness, safety, and 95% on-time rate.

Minyang Jiang, CEO of GoRide Health said, “By the end of the year we expect to have over 130 vans. By the end of next year over 200.” The plans are to launch in Miami and other Florida cities in 2019 and North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and California in 2020.

As of yet, urban markets have been the focus, but the service is looking to provide medical transport in rural areas that lack public transit. GoRide has been using data analytics to help identify transportation gaps so that they can better target where services are most needed, to better assist their connected medical organizations.

Here at Westland Ford, we are always happy to hear about another way to Ford is working to better the community.