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Chamber Plans Unique Movie Event in Minocqua

Town of Minocqua

The folks at Let’s Minocqua Visitor Bureau & Chamber of Commerce want to know when’s the last time you were at drive-in theater? If it’s been a while, maybe you might want to go to a  “Dive-In.”

What’s a Dive-In? Picture a 23-foot tall movie screen on shore of a lake, with the audience watching from inner tubes and boats. That’s what the chamber wants to bring to Minocqua later this summer.

Chamber executive director Krystal Westphal got permission from the Minocqua town board Tuesday to hold the unique outdoor movie event next Aug. 14 at Torpy Park in downtown Minocqua.

Moviegoers will be enjoying the classic thriller, “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” The film that will be shown has been colorized, she said.

The movie will start at 7:30 p.m. Those in inner tubes can listen to the theatre’s sound system. Those in boats can bring portable radios and listen once the sponsors announce which radio station is broadcasting the soundtrack.

Inner tubes will be provided, which can be taken home by ticket holders. Ticket prices haven’t been announced yet, but they hope to sell 400 for the inner tube crowd. Those in boats will pay somewhat more, Westphal said.

All the float participants will be corralled within a buoyed area. There will be lifeguards at the event. Access will be restricted to ticket holders only, Westphal said. The event is only for those 21 years and older.

There will be an old-fashioned beach hop starting at 5:30 p.m. A DJ will be playing music for the party crowd. Food and drink will be available, along with event merchandise. No food or alcohol will be allowed in the water during the movie.

Proceeds from the event will go toward purchasing the theatre screen. The intent is to allow not-for-profit groups who partner with the chamber to use it for their own fundraising events.

For more information about the Dive-In go to the chamber’s website, letsminocqua.com.

If you can’t wait until then to get out the water, the Lakeland Hawks is sponsoring their first ever Lakeland Hockey Musky Tournament on Saturday, June 5. You can fish any lake in Oneida or Vilas county. The event includes dinner, raffles and silent auction. For more details, visit lakelandarena.org.

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