Beautiful Lantern Release Breezes in to Kansas

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Organizers of The Lantern Fest TM are optimistic for clear skies this July as they return to Wichita.

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July 11 will be a night to remember!

June 22 – Severe storms in May created an impossible situation for launching lanterns, but on July 11, The Lantern Fest will return to Wichita. The sky will be painted gold as thousands of lanterns rise up in one spectacular release at El Dorado State Park. Event organizers expect thousands to attend this unique event.

“We were hugely disappointed when the event was postponed in May,” said event director Spencer Humiston. “But July 11 will be a night to remember! We are excited to share this magnificent spectacle with the people of Wichita.”

When The Lantern Fest was postponed, organizers of this once sold-out event released extra tickets so that even more Kansans could participate. This family-friendly festival promises live music, face painters balloon twisters and more. Families and friends alike can come and sit by the fire to roast marshmallows for their s’mores, while munching on food and snacks provided by local vendors.

“People will come from all over the Midwest to celebrate a milestone, remember a loved one, or just to snap some pictures for Instagram and marvel at this unforgettable scene,” said Lantern Fest co-founder TR Gourley. “This one-of-a-kind experience will become a family tradition for years to come.”

The Lantern Fest partners with local charities for every event. They are excited to donate a portion of their proceeds from the Wichita event to The American Cancer Society and Numana. For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Numana is an international hunger relief organization that works with volunteers to package millions of meals for people all over the world.

Passes for this extraordinary event can be purchased online and are required for admission to the event. Each pass come with a lantern, marker, s’mores kit and lighter. Children 15 years and younger are free of charge.

All are welcome to come and join the Wichita community for this incredible event. Visit for more information about The Lantern Fest. Dates and locations are updated as permits are secured. Check out what fans have to say on The Lantern Fest’s Facebook page:

About The Lantern Fest
Historically Chinese Lanterns were used to symbolize good fortune, request favorable weather, or to celebrate the life of a loved one. But in 2015, The Lantern Fest transformed this ancient tradition into a family-friendly festival. There is food, music, s’mores, children’s entertainment and, when the sun goes down, lanterns will light the sky in one spectacular release.

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