Mans­field Lantern Fes­ti­val on Satur­day

Mansfield Courier - - WHAT’S ON -

COUN­CIL is part­ner­ing with Walker Events to present the fourth Mans­field Lantern Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, June 23.

The fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of the Winter Sol­stice which falls on the Satur­day night clos­est to the winter equinox, mark­ing the longest night of the year, and the turn­ing point to­wards spring.

Held in Er­ril Street, Mans­field from 5pm, this free com­mu­nity event em­braces the crisp cold winter with open fires, hot choco­late, belly warm­ing fare, fancy cock­tails, rov­ing en­ter­tain­ment and mu­sic.

“It’s won­der­ful to see all ages in our com­mu­nity en­joy­ing the var­i­ous com­po­nents of this event, whether it be the lantern pa­rade, open fires or the de­li­cious food and bev­er­age of­fer­ings pro­vided by our lo­cal busi­nesses,” Mayor Paul Volk­er­ing said.

“It re­ally is a great way to turn winter cold­ness into fam­ily friendly fun.”

Al­li­son Walker from Walker Events is very pleased with how the Mans­field Lantern Fes­ti­val event has grown in just a few short years.

“The first fes­ti­val was held in 2015 and it was clear by the num­ber of at­ten­dees that this was an event that ap­pealed to a lot of peo­ple,” she said.

“Last year the event moved to the newly ren­o­vated Er­ril Street which was dec­o­rated with fes­toon lights, var­i­ous lanterns and a big open fire.

“The at­ten­dees gave the new lo­ca­tion a big thumbs up, so this year we will build on that suc­cess by adding fur­ther im­prove­ments that will make the event more en­joy­able.”

One of the high­lights of the evening will be the lantern pa­rade, where the magic of light and colour is dis­played in var­i­ous forms.

The pa­rade is open to any­one who would like to take part - as long as you are car­ry­ing a lantern.

“This is a must do event for the en­tire fam­ily, so rug up and we look for­ward to see­ing you there,” Ms Walker said.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Mans­field will be lit up this week­end with lanterns.

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