EVANSTON — The Evanston Chamber of Commerce held its third annual Moonlight Lantern Festival at the Bear Ponds on Saturday, Aug. 27, from dusk till dark. Unlike last year’s event — when participants were unhappily faced with bad weather including high winds, rain and sleet — this year the weather was perfectly sunny with just a slight breeze.
Guests were able to purchase tickets at the tables for the lanterns, for a meal of burgers, chips and a drink, and for drinks at a beer garden. AJ Lamb of Bearded Boombox Productions provided music throughout the evening. Todd Jones Allstate Insurance provided the kids corner with an inflatable pirate ship and face painting. The Knights Inn sponsored cornhole to add to the fun.
Several different vendors provided fruit drinks, confections, handmade items, and information on the upcoming Cowboy Days celebration.
After decorating their lanterns, participants waited on the shore of the Bear Ice Ponds until dark, when Lamb announced the call for launching the lanterns. Participants had placed battery operated candles inside the paper lanterns. As all of the lanterns began to float out onto the water, they created a row of shining lights on the darkened water.
“We sold 161 lantern tickets, and it was a great fundraiser that helps with other chamber events we provide for the community,” chamber administrative assistant Kelsi Morrow told the Herald.
Other sponsors for the event included Evanston Child Development Center (ECDC), Evanston Regional Hospital, Rocky Mountain Power, Uinta Eye & Vision and First Bank.