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Giant movie screen returns on August 2 for Family Night in the Park

Posted July 24th, 2014

Summer Fest celebrates All-America City Award

Families will once again be able to enjoy a magical evening under the stars at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers.  Downtown Eau Claire is hosting Summer Fest's Family Night in the Park on August 2nd.  The addition of a giant inflatable screen which is 25 feet wide and 14 feet tall was hugely popular last year.  Citizens Community Federal is once again partnering this year to bring the screen back again, this time for the movie Despicable Me 2. 

There will be a Despicable Me theme, with minion crafts, minion treats, and movie-related photo areas.  There will also be food, inflatables, crazy hairdos with Saylon 7, and other entertainment.  People are encouraged to dress up as well! Family Night in the Park will be held from 6-11 p.m. Activities and food will be available from 6- 9 p.m., with the movie beginning at dark which will be between 8:30-9 p.m.  Despicable Me 2 runs 90 minutes.

During the day, Summer Fest will celebrate Eau Claire's recent designation as an All-America City.  There will be a Sidewalk Sale and Celebration from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Downtown vendors will display their items, there will be several food vendors, live music , a petting zoo, pony rides, and more.

The Burger King Classic Car Show is bringing a show downtown!  Classic cars will be displayed in the parking lot across from the Children's Museum from 11am-3pm.

There will live music outside at The Firehouse, along with a beer tent.  At 12 p.m. there will be a presentation by the team that traveled to Denver in June to vie for the All-America City Award.  The award is the most prestigious civic award in the country.  Eau Claire is one of ten cities in the country to receive the award this year.  The team will explain the process and significance of the award, and then give the exciting performance it gave in Denver.

"The biggest significance of the award is that the city can now use this designation as it 'sells' itself to prospective businesses, corporations, visitors, and future residents-the economic development impact is probably the largest positive," said Michael Strubel, Director of Sales and Events at Visit Eau Claire.

During the celebration, city leaders will also unveil new signage that notes the city's new designation. 

Volume One's Chalkfest will also be taking place in coordination with Summer Fest.  It will be held at Wilson Park 11 a.m.-7 p.m.