Archive for Thursday, June 9, 2005

Lansing DAZE has something for all

June 9, 2005

For first-time visitors to the annual citywide summer festival known as Lansing DAZE, we have a word for you: Welcome.

We trust you'll find our festival an enjoyable event and our community to your liking. We like it here in Lansing, where just about anyone you ask will tell you one of their favorite things about the community is its small-town atmosphere.

It's just such atmosphere that brings us Lansing DAZE. A group of community and civic-minded individuals begins planning the event in January and continues all the way until the festival kicks off.

And what a festival they've cooked up this year, whether for the Lansing DAZE neophyte or a festival oldtimer. New to Lansing DAZE are several events: a barbecue contest, an antique show and sale, a wrestling exhibition and pet parade. Add to them the entertainment, carnival, food and fun that have been a hit in year's past, and this year's Lansing DAZE should be a hit with all comers.

But back to that planning committee : Special thanks should go out to all those working behind the scenes to make sure this annual event is fun and successful for all involved.

An event as large as Lansing DAZE - and it's continued to grow throughout its two-decade history - doesn't just happen by osmosis. It takes the hard work and dedication of planners leading up to the event.

So if you happen to come across any of these people - the members of this year's Lansing DAZE Festival Committee - tell them how much you appreciate their work:

Shanae Randolph, Economic Development/Convention and Visitors Bureau (co-chair); Lorraine Gluch, Economic Development/Convention and Visitors Bureau (co-chair) Mayor Kenneth Bernard; City Administrator Mike Smith; Lansing Community Develop-ment employees John Jacobson and Becky Savidge; Parks and Recreation clerk Christina Sanderson; Dale Bohannon, Lansing School District director of building and grounds; Eva Wayman, Lansing Historical Society; Gene Young, Kiwanis Club; Jamie Miller, fireworks coordinator; Jason Crum, Parks and Recreation director; Jeff Focht, Lansing Street Department; John Bennett, Lansing PRIDE; John Young, Public Works director; Loren Russell, Lansing Alumni Association; Police Sgt. Richard Fairbanks; Rick Dodson, Lansing Lions Club; Rick Huhn, Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1; Police Chief Steve Wayman; Sunshine Petrone, city administration; and Mike Howell, Lansing VFW.

Without their hard work, and the efforts of the volunteers behind them, Lansing DAZE just wouldn't be the same.

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