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.
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:
Non-chicken Fest-goers had fun dancing too:
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.