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Family, Fun, and Fireworks

a special event by L.A.C.E.

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (August 23, 2017) – “You can’t replace Autumn Fest. This is not an Autumn Fest replacement,” said Jean McCall and Debbie Waitekus at the planning meeting for the September 9 “Family, Fun, & Fireworks” event. McCall and Waitekus are on the Board of LACE—the Lansing Association for Community Events—whose annual Autumn Fest quickly became a popular event for Lansing and surrounding towns. But with Fox Pointe undergoing major construction this year, Autumn Fest is on hiatus.

LACE Board members discuss details surrounding their September 9 “Family, Fun, & Fireworks” event.
LACE considered alternate locations, but none would able to accommodate the booths, stage, parking, foot traffic, food, and libations that Autumn Fest involves.

“We couldn’t do the Fest this year, so we just wanted to do something good for the community. This is a one-time event,” Waitekus explained.

At an August 23 planning meeting, LACE Board members spent about an hour finalizing details surrounding entertainment, food, security, advertising, and other particulars. Though Family, Fun, & Fireworks will not be as big an event as Autumn Fest, LACE hopes it will bring the community together for fall fun and fellowship.

Family, Fun, & Fireworks

At Lansing Country Club (18600 Wentworth Ave):

  • Saturday, September 9, 4:00pm–11:00pm
  • Free admission!

Tentative schedule

Includes all of the following and more:

  • 4:00pm—Jayme Jay Meyer
  • 4:30pm—Magician Ken Mate
  • 5:30pm—Traveling World of Reptiles
  • 6:00pm—Balloons and canvas painting
  • 6:00pm—DJ Leo Valencia
  • 8:30pm—Fireworks
  • 9:00pm—Latin Satin Soul

Other instructions

  • Bring blankets and lawn chairs for maximum fireworks enjoyment
  • Leave your pets at home
  • No coolers or outside alcoholic beverages

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.