LANSING | The village is hosting its second annual Lansing Autumn Fest at Ridge Road and Henry Street for three days beginning Friday, and it's planned to be full of music, food and family entertainment.
Carolyn Scofield, of the Lansing Association for Community Events, which is coordinating the event, said Autumn Fest is a chance to show off Lansing businesses while giving local residents a chance to come together.
“I think the village is trying to bring all its residents back together with an event that provides fun in a family way,” Scofield said.
Main festival hours are from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The festival is free, except for those who choose to attend the Saturday night portion after 4 p.m. Those people will be charged a $5 admission fee.
Food will be sold at various booths, all of which are being run by area restaurants, although some will be from communities surrounding Lansing.
“Lansing businesses were asked first (to participate), but they will all be from the area,” Scofield said. There’s also the Chili Cook-off competition scheduled for Sunday.
Some events at the festival will have a fee, such as the games being staged at the children’s portion. Although Scofield said it will be about 25 cents per game.
The Autumn Fest was first held in Lansing last year, and Scofield said this year’s event is an expanded version, with a second stage erected in the area around Ridge Road and Henry Street near the clock tower to accommodate more events.
Those events will include musical acts ranging from the Heritage Middle School choir to bands such as 97.9, Tuscan Road, Ear Candy and the Unstoppables.
“We’re bringing in bands that are popular in the area,” Scofield said of the combination of classic rock and country/western bands.
The event has received support from other entities such as Thornton Township, which is donating its shuttle bus to the festival from Thornton Fractional South High School, 18500 Burnham Ave., where people are encouraged to park.
That also will allow the event to accommodate people with disabilities. Scofield said the entire festival will be handicapped-accessible.
Also helping will be T.F. South students, many of whom have volunteered their time to operate the festival in tasks ranging from operating the games at the children’s section, emptying trash cans and selling tickets.
“We’re going to have a large number of volunteers among the kids at the high school,” Scofield said.
Jake Gourley, a social studies teacher who is coordinating the student volunteers, said some 132 students have offered their time to work at the festival, an increase from the 20 student volunteers who worked at the festival last year.
Scofield said organizers are optimistic that the 2,800 people who attended the opening night of Autumn Fest last year would at least be matched.
“We think we can do a little better this year,” she said.
For a schedule of events and list of bands visit http://lansingautumnfest.org/.