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Drive-in movie coming to fairgrounds

Area residents who may be missing the experience of going to the movie theater to watch films on the big screen will have an opportunity to watch a classic next week.

Fort Dodge Ford Toyota has partnered with the Webster County Fair Board and the Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to show 2004’s “Miracle,” a movie about the 1980 U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team’s journey to the gold medal, as a drive-in movie.

The film will be shown on “The Monster,” a massive inflatable projector screen at the Webster County Fairgrounds on Wednesday.

“Every year we usually show a movie on The Monster,” said Erin Habben, recreation technician for the Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. “But this year we kind of didn’t plan anything because of COVID-19.”

When it was clear the Webster County Fair was going to happen, the organizations decided to go ahead and plan the drive-in movie.

Youth from local 4-H clubs picked the movie to show, and fair staff will be at the fairgrounds to help direct traffic and show cars where to park. Audio from the movie will be available by tuning in on the radio.

Due to health concerns, there will be no concessions for sale, but families are encouraged to bring their own movie snacks and drinks to enjoy in the car.

The movie will start at approximately 9 p.m., or whenever it gets dark on Wednesday.

“It’s something fun to do,” Habben said. “We’re excited to finally be able to do something like this, since we usually host three movies a year and this will probably be our only one this summer. It’s something different around here.”

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