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The Lights Fest will come to Beaver Dam in early September.

Light up the night with The Lights Fest, coming to Beaver Dam in September

When the sun goes down in early September, the sky above Dodge County will still glow with light – the light of hundreds of paper lanterns lifting majestically into the night air.

On the night of Saturday, Sept. 2, The Lights Fest tour will float its way to the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, gathering friends and families to relax outdoors with food and fun, climaxing with the collective launch of personalized paper sky lanterns into the night sky. You know, like the "I See The Light" scene in Disney's "Tangled."

With a purchased ticket, attendees upon arrival receive a lantern, a marker, a keychain flashlight and a bag of swag (the official site recommends bringing blankets for sitting and warm clothes). You then claim your spot on the grounds – preferably by one of the Tiki torches around the site in order to light the lantern – and when the sun goes down, the entertainment begins with food trucks, dancing, music, local artists, face-painting, a bouncy castle and other family-friendly activities.

The evening ends with the launch of the lanterns, which you're able to personalize with notes, messages or drawings before they glide into the night.

The event is dependent on the weather and the fire marshal's approval of the wind conditions – and if the launch is cancelled, The Lights Fest promises to return within three months of the original date.

Tickets are not on sale yet, but The Lights Fest's website offers admission starting at $25 and gradually increasing in price – topping off at $55 – as the date gets closer. Children under three years old are free, while admission for kids ages 4-12 will cost $8.

For more information on The Lights Fest, visit the official website.


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