LanternFest Dallas, 2017 was this past weekend, March 4, 2017, in Ennis, Texas. This organization worked hard to structure this event, and was prepared for an amazing time. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and it could have been better, but that was out of their control. It is my understanding that there will be another LanternFest at this same location in November. We will get more details to our followers when we know more. People in Texas also have more opportunities to catch LanternFest this year: South Padre Island on September 22 and 23, and Austin on September 30. Please see the complete schedule for the rest of the year, at the end of this post.
To keep festival-goers happy and entertained, there were activities all through the afternoon and evening on Saturday. There was food and drink available, as well as live singers. Sam was our “master of ceremonies,” and he kept everyone updated with all that was available and kept things on a positive note. There was a hula-hoop contest, jugglers, and line dancing with an instructor there to teach the steps. There was face painting, and Disney princesses mingling through the grounds, offering photo opportunities for the kids. Every attendee was given a kit with ingredients for s’mores, so that when it came time to light the fire pits, delicious treats could be made and enjoyed. Each kit also included a marker, so that words or designs could be written on the lanterns.
When it was time to launch the lanterns, the rain wreaked havoc on the process of lighting paper lanterns. But the ones that did go up into the sky were beautiful, and the LanternFest people had just the right music playing to accompany the flight.
Some people were very upset that the event did not get postponed, because of the cold weather, wind and rain. But there was no way to know for sure if it would be raining at the time of the launch. Event coordinators were hoping for the best, and anticipated that it would be clear at lift-off time. Imagine all the work that went into setting this up and having all the workers, volunteers, and necessary materials there. Lots of people made the best of it, and enjoyed themselves, even though it was not the best situation.
We intend to go to another LanternFest, and will invite friends to join us, and we expect an amazing outcome. We hope that you will give them another chance, too.
Their schedule for the remainder of the year is:
March 18, 2017: Albuquerque
April 8, 2017: Phoenix Spring
May 13, 2017: Boise
May 13, 2017: Spokane
May 20, 2017: Detroit
May 20, 2017: Salt Lake City
June 3, 2017: Indianapolis
June 10, 2017: Philadelphia
June 24, 2017: Cincinnatti/Louisville
July 8, 2017: Pittsburgh
August 19, 2017: Omaha/Council Bluffs
August 26, 2017: Erie
September 9, 2017: Poconos
September 22&23, 2017: South Padre Island
September 30, 2017: Austin
October 7, 2017: Fayetteville
October 21, 2017: Phoenix/Tucson
November 4, 2017: St. Louis