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You’ve got to see this lovely lantern fest this weekend

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
By: Sarah Franks

We told you about the Lantern Festival that illuminated the night sky in Sparta, Kentucky this past weekend.

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But in case you missed it, this August you have an even more convenient chance to let your own light soar.

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Just a 40-minute drive from Dayton at the Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds in Waynesville, The Lights Fest is set to take place on August 12 from 3 to 9 p.m.

The Lights Fest is a company that tours worldwide, creating enchanting memories for people across the country and around the globe. 

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The mood at the festival is magical, as each person in attendance has their own meaningful reason for participating. According to Light Fest’s website, “It creates a surreal ambiance, where time slows down as your single flame rises with thousands of others.”

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Hundreds of warm, glowing lanterns floating in unison is certainly a spectacular treat for the eyes. But the lanterns’ hand-written messages detailing people’s hopes, dreams and words to loved ones is what makes the night so special.

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The big release happens at dark. However, there is plenty of fun to be had during twilight hours while you wait in anticipation for the main event. Food trucks, live music, plenty of dancing, painting and bouncy houses for the kids packs a lot into one night. 

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Environmental impact is a sensible concern, considering hundreds of lanterns are regularly released at a single event. That’s why The Lights Fest has a clean-up crew ready and waiting in the designated landing zone. All lanterns are also biodegradable, according to Light Fest’s website. 

Buy your ticket soon, though, because ticket prices WILL continue to increase as the event day approaches. VIP and early bird tickets are already sold out, and general admission tickets are now on-sale for $35.

Want to go?

WHAT: The Lights Fest

WHEN: 3-9 p.m. August 12, 2017

WHERE: Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds, 10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville, Ohio 

COST: $35/general admission; late, last-minute, and final call tickets range from $40-55

INFO: facebook.com/thelightsfestival Facebook event page