The Lantern Fest Ready to Glow at Lake Erie Speedway

Thursday Aug 18th, 2016

National Family Festival Scheduled to Debut in Erie Saturday, August 27

Erie, PA: The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce The Lantern Fest will make its highly-anticipated debut at Lake Erie Speedway on Saturday, August 27. The national event is a festival during which thousands of revelers gather for music, dancing, s’mores, and a release of special 100% biodegradable lanterns just after dark.

The family-friendly event has traveled the country since 2014, and will host 23 Lantern Fests by the end of 2016. The event is open to all ages. Kids under 12 do not receive a lantern with their registration.

Registration is $35 for adults through August 25, $45 on August 26, and $50 on the day of the event. With each Lantern Pass, participants receive entrance to the event, a lantern, a marker, a lighter, and a s’mores kit. Youth passes are $7 for kids under 12, which is good for entrance to the event and a small gift. Kids three and under are free.

The provided lanterns are exclusively sourced for The Lantern Fest, and are made with 100% biodegradable rice paper, bamboo, and string. When lanterns are launched, a team equipped with fire extinguishers are sent to the area where the lanterns will land to isolate and monitor the area. Cleanup crews clean all lanterns from the venue and surrounding areas in several shifts on the event night and the following day.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with lanterns being released shortly after the sun goes down.

“We are so excited to come to Erie, PA for the first time in August,” said Deven Baum, Event Director. “We have watched as thousands of people enjoyed a night of dancing and fun across the country, and I can’t wait for the Erie region to have the same experience.”

“The Lantern Fest is a truly unique event and a family-friendly spectacle that I’m certain Erie will enjoy,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “The staff of this event are 100% committed to putting together a fun event and making certain that it is safe and environmentally-friendly, left exactly as they found it.”

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The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.

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