A quick head-count indicated more than 310 people showed up Saturday night at Hawkins Spring Park to take part in ‘Movies in the Park.’

Hosted by the Midlothian Parks Board, the evening saw kids, parents and everyone in between spread blankets under a clear summer sky to watch dancing penguins on a massive outdoor screen set up in the park just east of town.

“We are very pleased with the turnout and things have turned out perfect,” said Melanie Payne, of the Midlothian Parks Board. “We’ve got a slight breeze to keep the bugs down and it’s the perfect night to be outside.”

The crowd started forming on the hill at Hawkins Spring about 8:30 p.m. with dads dragging in chairs and moms spreading blankets. Kids raced back and forth as the Texas sun slipped slowly below the western horizon.

The moved started shortly after 9 p.m.

The park’s concession stand and several vendors did a brisk trade in candy, popcorn and soft drinks.

“There’s plenty of parking and plenty of room for people to spread out and enjoy the movie,” said Payne. “We probably could have handled twice this number.”

Saturday’s show was sponsored by Air Canopy, Ash Grove Cement, GMAC Realty and Serendipity.

“Our sponsors paid for everything and the Parks Board provided the staff and location,” said Payne. “We would love to do this through the summer, but it is expensive and it will probably get too hot.”

Payne said she would like to line up a film for this fall.

“You’ve got football on Friday night and we would love to host another one of these on Saturday night when sundown comes a little earlier,” said Payne. “We’ve even thought of hosting this in conjunction with the Fall Festival. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Payne said the Parks Board is making long-range plans to host a Movies in the Park night in the spring, summer and fall of 2008.

Businesses or industry wanting to sponsor the next Movies in the Park, can contact the Midlothian Park Board by calling (972) 775-1083.