CORBIN — The Corbin Tourism Commission attempted to show a free movie to the public as a kickoff to the Halloween season on Saturday, however attendees found themselves spooked by lightning strikes and high winds rather than the spells and witches of "Hocus Pocus".
“I was crushed. Everybody was having a great time, they were ready to watch the movie and then bam: lightning,” Corbin Tourism Director Maggy Kriebel said.
When it started at 6:30 p.m., the event was looking like a huge success. Kriebel estimated there were over 500 people in attendance, well over the average for events of this nature. Hometown Bank along with Wallen's Towing handed out around a thousand bags of popcorn.
By 7:15 p.m., the time of the actual showing, a maze of foldout chairs and blankets had been created that were adorned with balloons and scattered popcorn. Children were giddy with excitement as parents tried to wrangle them in for the movie.
But within minutes into "Hocus Pocus", attendees could see the threat of a possible storm as lightning began to show in the sky. It wasn’t long before people started to pack up and disperse.
A strong wind ended up blowing the movie screen down and the Corbin Tourism Commission officially called off the event. By that time, the commission was concerned for the public’s safety and didn’t want to risk trying to continue any further with the event.
“We didn’t want the public to be out there anyway with it lightning,” Kriebel said.
Kriebel said unfortunately the commission will not be able to reschedule a "Hocus Pocus" showing for this year due to scheduling conflicts and colder weather. However, the large turnout and support from the community has encouraged the commission to continue the Movies at the Park series in warmer months to come.