Family, Fun, and Fireworks—a special Lansing, Ill, event by LACE

LANSING, Ill. (posted August 2017) – “You can’t replace AutumnFest. This is not an AutumnFest 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 AutumnFest quickly became a popular event for Lansing and surrounding towns. But with Fox Pointe undergoing major construction this year, AutumnFest is on hiatus.

LACE considered alternate locations, but none would able to accommodate the booths, stage, parking, foot traffic, food, and libations that AutumnFest involves.

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LACE Board members discuss details surrounding their September 9 “Family, Fun, & Fireworks” event.
“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 AutumnFest, 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


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