Looking for something to do in October? By October you will be reminiscing about the summer. Your children will be over their first-day-of-school nerves. You’ll be thinking about the upcoming holidays and all of the other stressful items in your life. Trust me, you will need a break! So mark your calendar for a truly family affair for Oct. 12-14 -- the first Lansing Autumn Fest.
“Hometown Back to Downtown” is the theme for this year’s fest, which will be held mainly at Fox Pointe (old Fox Lumber site), Park Plaza and Winterhoff Park. The festival activities kick off at 4 p.m. on Oct. 12.
How this fest transpired is a story in itself.
Special community events such as festivals, farmer’s markets, and concerts are usually operated and managed by either a local government or the area chamber of commerce. Very few special events are initiated, operated and/or managed by a group of citizens.
The vision and engine of Lansing Autumn Fest has come from a group of citizens saying, “What if?” The “what if” will become reality on Oct. 12-14. These citizens have organized local governments, community groups, churches and youth groups to come together to provide a weekend of fun and entertainment. Their determination to make this and future festivals homegrown is absolutely amazing.
So what’s happening at the fest? The fest kicks off at 4 p.m. on Oct. 12 with brats, burgers, beers and bands. That evening you can enjoy the music of Musikmeisters and the Unstoppables.
On Saturday the day will be filled with events at Fox Pointe. Opening at 9 a.m., there will be various bands throughout the day, such as Smiley Tilimon, X-Factor and Infinity. There will be arts and crafts, car show, beer garden and food tents. The Park Plaza will be the Kids Zone from noon to 5 p.m. with different activities planned throughout the day. Winterhoff Park will host several athletic events during the day, and the evening will conclude at the park with a free outdoor movie at dusk – "The Wizard of Oz."
Sunday will be the day when the Fest honors our World War II veterans as well as others who served in the armed forces. The day will start at 9:30 a.m. with military ceremonies and finish with an hour-long concert by the Legacy Girls starting at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., the Pillars of Honor organization will present an hour and a half program on the World War II Memorial at TF South High School. At the end of this program, the actual model of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be unveiled.
More information about this program can be found on the Lan-Oak Park District’s website at www.lanoakparkdistrict.org
I encourage everyone to come to the Lansing Autumn Fest to show your hometown pride while enjoying a fun-filled weekend of multiple activities. For more information about the festival, go to www.lansingautumnfest.com
John Wilson is director of the Lan-Oak Park District. The opinions are the writer's.