Autumn Fest 2018: Scenes from Opening Night

text and photos by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (October 5, 2018) – The temperature seemed to get warmer as the evening progressed, and the predicted rains held off until after 9:00pm, so Opening Night of Autumn Fest 2018 felt like a summer outdoor concert. Members of the Lansing Association for Community Events (LACE) expressed appreciation for how much more efficient set-up was this year—because of the amenities the new Fox Pointe venue provides. Lansing residents, out-of-town guests, performers, and vendors all commented on the beautiful setting.

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The day was spent setting up, and by mid-afternoon the finishing touches were being added.
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In celebration of our sesquicentennial, the Lansing Historical Society booth includes photos of locations in Lansing 125 years ago, and those same locations today.
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Local food vendors prepared for the suppertime crowd.
“Troost” rhymes with “post,” and that’s what owner Renae Fentress did with the photo she took of her booth: Troost Coffee and Tea
By 5:30pm, the picnic tables were beginning to fill up on the lawn…
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…as well as in the pavilion.
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This year the KidZone is connected to the general Fest area, which is more convenient for families.
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In the KidZone, picnic tables are set up near the inflatables, making it easy for families to enjoy food from the food court while the kids play.
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A steady stream of guests continued throughout the evening, and LACE volunteers Annmarie Aud and Jeri Villa checked them in and provided them wristbands.
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In the pavilion, LACE volunteers Mike Gaffney and Mary Beth Palka sold tickets for a variety of alcoholic beverages.
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The faces of LACE

OooWee Chicken and Ribs is located just west of Fox Pointe. They sent a representative to Autumn Fest who got caught up in the groove of Latin Satin Soul:

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The dancing OooWee Chicken soon became a celebrity.

Non-chicken Fest-goers had fun dancing too:

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Across the way, on the Visible Music College stage, local artists entertained Fest-goers in a cozier setting.
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It was a beautiful night for music, dancing, and community.

The Fest grounds were scheduled to close at 11:00pm, but significant rainstorms rolled in around 10:30pm.

Autumn Fest 2018 continues on Saturday, October 6, beginning with a Copper Muggers Pancake Breakfast at the American Legion (18255 Grant Street) from 8:00–11:00am. Tickets cost $5.00 at the door, and the proceeds benefit Veterans and First Responders.

In the main Autumn Fest area, Marketplace vendors (set up along Henry Street) will open to shoppers at 10:00am, and the Food Vendors will open at 11:00am.

Fox Pointe is located at 18138 Henry Street in Lansing, Illinois. Autumn Fest runs until 11:00pm on Saturday, and reopens from 10:00am–5:00pm on Sunday, October 7.

 

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