CLINTON — The Clinton Recreation Department and Clinton County 4-H Club have teamed up to offer a special entertainment opportunity to Clinton residents.
At 8 p.m. May 30, friends and family are invited to gather at Riverview Park near the bandshell for an outdoor movie presentation of Despicable Me 2. The event is free of charge and is appropriate for all ages.
This will be the recreation department’s first outdoor movie showing of the summer, something that was made possible three years ago by the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Institute.
“Basically the Leadership Institute wanted to do something for the community and they said ‘hey, if we get it can we donate it to you to run,’ and we said sure,” Recreation Department Director Gregg Obren said. “They spent about $15,000 on the screen and sound system and we rent it out throughout the summer for different groups to use.”
After the 20-foot by 30-foot inflatable screen was purchased, Obren began soliciting the movie theater to local organizations. The partnership with the Clinton County 4-H youth county council didn’t come until a couple of years later.
Using the mutual resources of Kelly John, recreation department Youth and Families Education Center representative and Clinton County 4-H Youth Education Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development Educator Brianne Johnson reached out to Obren as the speaker for the 4-H youth county council.
It was the youth council’s initiative to host the outdoor movie night so Johnson let them take leadership and plan the entire event.
“That was the kids’ idea, a way to get people together,” Johnson said. “They are trying to get the word about 4-H out in the city of Clinton. A lot of people in the city think it’s just for rural kids who’ve grown up on the farm but it’s not like that anymore so they want to let people know.”