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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

Splashing and laughter were all that could be heard at the Copperas Cove City Park’s Dive-In Movie event Tuesday night.

The first-time event was held at the park’s pool to see how well it would fare in the community, said Mark Willingham, recreation coordinator for the Copperas Cove Parks and Recreation Department.

“The parks department had the discussion with the youth advisory board to try it out this year to hopefully do a dive-in movie series next summer,” he said. “So we wanted to bring it to the public and see if they would like this. It’s a very family-oriented event and we’re hoping it brings out more families.”

An inflatable outdoor movie screen was set up directly in front of the pool area to give swimmers a close-up view of the featured film “The Smurfs.”

“It’s going to be nice and cool here at the pool and we’ve given it a different spin than some of the other local events,” Willingham said.

Some families, like Guy Baker and his sons, are regulars at the pool.

“This is good for them to have some fun and burn off some energy,” Barker said.

Stacey Olivares and her brood were there, including daughter Kalissa, 8, and son Jayden, 5.

“We always come on family night and it’s great entertainment for the kids,” Olivares said.

“And we want to watch the Smurfs,” Kalissa said.

General admission for the event was $3 per person, with a discounted price for seniors, and was free for visitors with a prior pool pass.

The dive-in, sponsored by the Cove Chamber of Commerce and Cinergy Cinemas, raffled off three $50 arcade cards donated by Cinergy.

Amanda Ray, event manager for Cinergy, was on hand to help sell raffle tickets.

The company, she said, is no stranger to giving back to the community.

“We always want to support the community,” Ray said. “Pretty much any charity around here, we’ve given to, and it helps us promote our theater as well.”

As the movie got rolling around 8:30 p.m., many swimmers stayed in the pool despite the dip in temperature.

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