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Pop-up drive-in will return to Bellefonte this month

BELLEFONTE — The pop-up drive-in is coming back to Bellefonte.

In June, Kevin Lloyd, owner of Big Spring Spirits orchestrated a pop-up drive-in on the grounds at the Bellefonte Armory. On night one (June 26), the event was a big success. On night two (June 27), the event was canceled due to high winds as the screen is portable.

“Saturday was very windy and there were some small (storm) cells. That screen is pretty big — 40 feet across — so we got pretty nervous,” Lloyd said.

Now, Lloyd wants to give it another go.

This time, Lloyd wants to use one of the soccer fields at Governor’s Park to host the drive-in.

“We think we have a better venue,” Lloyd said of Governor’s Park. “It’s a field surrounded by trees, so that should help with the wind. We’ll also have power and bathrooms.”

The next drive-in is scheduled for Friday, July 31 and Aug. 1. Tentatively, there is also a drive-in scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5.

According to Lloyd, the movie has not been selected yet. The first drive-in featured “Maleficent.” The next two will be family-friendly as well.

“We want to get that out soon,” Lloyd said. “Right now it’s still TBD (to be determined).”

Cost is $10 per vehicle. All the proceeds go to the Bellefonte YMCA’s anti-hunger program. The last event made around $2,000, Lloyd said. This time, he’d like to see those numbers increase. With that in mind, he’s looking for corporate sponsors for the event.

The event will accommodate cars and those who want to sit outside. Borough council president Joanne Tosti-Vasey pointed out that the event will max out at 250 people if they are sitting outside their cars.

“You can end up with more than 250 people if they’re in their cars, you can’t if they’re sitting outdoors,” she said.

Council reminded those attending that masking is required when walking around, getting food and using the Governor’s Park restrooms.

“The social distancing is a point of emphasis,” Lloyd said.

At the first drive-in there were “five or so food trucks,” Lloyd said.

Among the food trucks expected to attend the next event are BBQ by Clem, Bonnie Blues BBQ, Snyder’s Concessions, Taco Inc., Rosie’s Pierogies, Brazilian Munchies and Classic Cones.

Council unanimously approved the encore drive-ins at Monday night’s meeting, which was held via Zoom.

For more information about the second pop-up drive-in and for ticket information, visit www.bigspringspirits.com.

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