Archive for Thursday, January 20, 2005

Lansing Daze festival planning begins

January 20, 2005

As planning gets under way for the 2005 Lansing Daze, organizers are seeking the public's ideas for this year's communitywide festival.

The city of Lansing, which sponsors the four-day event, is running an advertisement that asks "What would you like to see at the festival?" and encourages community members to fill out form and mail it to festival organizers. The ad appears on page 8A of today's Current.

Readers also can submit their ideas electronically, using the form on The Current's Web site (lansingcurrent.com/lansingdaze).

"We're just in the initial phases of organizing this year's festival, and the reason we're doing the survey is to see if there's something we can add to the festival," said Shanae Randolph, director of economic development and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Lansing Daze Festival Committee, a group of about 20 people from City Hall and community and civic groups, met for the first time last week to begin organizing this year's festival, which runs June 9-12.

Randolph said one of the committee's goals for this year was to widen participation in the festival.

"We're trying to get more groups and businesses involved," Randolph said, challenging any local group or business not already involved in the festival to consider having a booth or fund-raiser at the festival.

She said many of the festival events are popular among participants - a golf tournament, pancake breakfast, fun run - and serve as fund-raisers for various needs. For example, proceeds from the golf tournament go toward the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund.

"This isn't a money-making event; it's a festival for the entire community, to show our community pride," she said.

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