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Dawson County Parks and Recreation to host “Movies in the Park” on July 17
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Dawson County Parks and Recreation will host the first “Movies in the Park” event of the year at War Hill Park on Friday, July 17. 

The movie night, rescheduled from its original date of June 5 due to COVID-19 closures, will feature vendors beginning at 6 p.m. and a showing of Toy Story 4 beginning at dusk. 

According to Buffie Hamil, Recreation Programs Manager for Dawson County Parks and Recreation, precautions will be taken to ensure the event is as safe as possible. 

“The safety of our patrons, community and staff are at the forefront with offering an event like this, so we wanted to make sure we have everything as planned and prepared as possible,” Hamil said. 

These precautions will include following all guidelines set forth by local and state authorities. A minimum of 6 feet will be required between each family or household group, and face masks are highly recommended when possible. Patrons and vendors are also encouraged to sanitize often. 

The movie will be shown on an inflatable screen set up at the water’s edge in the park, which will allow for a larger viewing area on the beach and grass and make it possible for groups to spread out more. 

The event will also feature vendors, concessions and shaved ice, and community members will be able to give blood donations. For blood donations, both regular safety standards and stringent social distancing protocols will be enforced. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, towels or blankets. An FM transmitter option will be available for those who want to stay in their vehicles during the movie, but will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The event will be supported by several sponsors and partners, including Northside Hospital, Southern Outdoor Cinema, DeJa Vu Candle Co, Dentistry for Children, Frozen Frenzee, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Retro Slime Company LLC, and Sunny Parker Properties. For more information on the event, visit the county’s website at https://www.dawsoncounty.org/parksrec or call (706) 344-3646. 

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