Large crowd attends movie

Organizers pleased with outdoor event

State Farm Insurance agent Ben Sartin is calling last Friday’s inaugural movie night a success after more than 150 people turned out to watch “Finding Dory.”

“We might do one again next year,” Sartin said of the event that served as a customer-appreciation event for his agency at 1112 Yakima Valley Highway. “We wanted to see what kind of reception we had this year.”

Sartin and agent Bryan Robison hosted the movie, as well as opening the venue up to vendors, the police and fire departments and more.

Robison’s State Farm office is at 2580 E. Lincoln Ave.

The local State Farm agents came up with idea in hopes of also creating a family-friendly event that others will want to be a part of.

“It wasn’t theater quality, but for free, it was a pretty good time,” Sartin said. “It was an opportunity for people to bring their family and lawn chairs for just a kind of cool thing to do.”

The Disney Pixar movie was projected on a white tarp on the side of the historic U&I Sugar Beet factory building at 2580 E. Lincoln Ave.

The gates opened at 7 p.m. with activities until the movie began after dusk, Sartin said.

“We would like to have had 300 (in attendance), but we had a lot of things we were competing against,” Sartin said.

This is not the first time the local State Farm agents planned a community project together.

They’ve also jointly participated in the annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade, the Sunrise Rotary Club Tee-up for Scholars Golf Tournament and more.

“We want to reinvest in our community,” Robinson said previously.

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