Attendees wait for the Park It movie to begin at an event in Utica. This year’s event will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in Grant Park.

Attendees wait for the Park It movie to begin at an event in Utica. This year’s event will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in Grant Park.

Photo provided by Park It

Park It Movie Night to take over Grant Park

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 29, 2019


UTICA — Utica will be partnering with the company Park It Family Fun Nights to host a night out for the whole family next Tuesday.

The Park It Movie Night will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in Grant Park, located at 8201 Hahn St. in Utica.

The free event will offer a night out with family and friends to enjoy music, vendors, bounce houses, a tattoo artist, a movie, food and more.

“Honestly, I think it is a good example of what Utica is about. This doesn’t make money for us, but it gives families and neighbors a chance to get together and enjoy each other, wholesome entertainment and be outside to enjoy the season. The only thing that requires them to pay is if they choose to eat from the vendors that are there. I honestly love it,” Nancy Carter, the deputy city clerk, said in an email.

There will be Kona Ice and cotton candy for purchase.

The band featured at the event is Momford & Sons, which will start playing at 6:30 p.m. Momford & Sons is a local mom-and-son(s) acoustic duo/trio that performs songs from all genres. They have performed all throughout Michigan.

The music will end at 8 p.m., and the movie will start at 8:20 p.m.

The movie that will be played at the event is “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the sequel to “Wreck-It Ralph.”

The movie is about a video game bad guy, Ralph, and his fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz, who must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, “Sugar Rush.” Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet, the netizens, to help navigate their way.

There will be eight sponsor tents that will be doing prize giveaways.

This is the eighth year that Park It has been scheduled in Utica. Last year, the event was rained out.

“The city really enjoys having the residents out for community events like this, where neighbors can get to know each other and spend time letting the kids get away from the electronics and enjoy our beautiful parks,” Utica Mayor Thom Dionne said in an email.

Grant Park will have parking, and parking will be available down the side streets as well.

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