Some time ago I got word through Facebook that a Lantern Festival would be coming to town and that I can sign up for their email list to see when tickets would be sold and where the venue would be. Being a Disney lover, I instantly thought of the movie Tangled and said oh heck yes sign me up to be among the first to get ticket information.
Once I got the email that tickets would be sold on a particular day I found out the details and saw that it was a possibility and bought the tickets for Myself, Jay, and Gavin. Arielle was free Yay!
The Reno Lantern Fest 2015 was held for two nights at the Fernley speedway racetrack. At first they only had tickets for Saturday which we bought and then they opened up another night which was Friday.
When the day came it rained all morning, eeek! They kept us registered folks updated via email and said that it was still on. Yay! I spoke to the ticket booth attendee and he said that the night before (Friday) was the mild night with only 1000 plus folks whereas tonight there are over 4000 paid registrants. Wow!
Even with the crowds of folks it was so peaceful. Around the speedway venue there was sporadically placed galvanized tubs for wood fires. And then tiki torches nearby each tub. The fire pit tubs and tiki torches were communal and basically were first one first serve but so many folks were so kind to share with those around them.
They handed us each a box with smores supplies, a marker for the lantern, and a lighter for the lantern as well. Oh and giant sticks for our smores too. Loved that!
We brought sweaters, blankets, chairs, and food because eating at the food trucks would just get expensive. It really was so perfect and fun. As we waited, we colored our lanterns with the markers that came in our boxes.
We got to meet some amazing folks and shared basically a camp fire which makes you just open up anyhow ha! (What is it about a campfire that makes you want to share things? Lol).
We listened to music and watched our new friends win a contest too. Then after the sun went down and the winds died down it was time to light our lanterns and send them off!
It was so beautiful…and at times scary. Ha! We had to be sure to watch out for flyaway lanterns that went horizontal and not vertical. Those were scary because they might light someone’s things on fire.
Here is a glimpse of the fun that Jay made video of while we were there!
Thankfully nothing caught on fire and we got a most spectacular view while they played, yes, the song from Tangled that is so perfect for this event. Hehe. It was so fun! We will be back again next year!