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The Light the Sky event was Saturday. My favorite parts of the event were the children’s costume contest and, of course, the release of the lanterns.

There was some real competition among the kids who participated in the costume contest. I saw many in creative, cute and scary attire.

Shout-outs to those who had homemade and elaborate costumes. As a kid, I was not that creative. Just give me a store bought one and I was done.

Another cool feature at the event was a blacksmith station. He was making a leg for a tripod. It was neat to see a handful of kids interested in what he was doing. There was one kid who was at that station for at least 20 minutes.

I can’t forget about the live music. I liked the variety of music played including rap, pop and more. It was nice to sit on a hay bale and enjoy the music while I warmed up my fingers from taking photos.

The cold weather really hit me as I was taking photos. My nose was running and my eyes were watering. I probably looked like a depressed photographer, but I swear it was just the cold. That’s the one thing I hate about the cold. I have to have a stash of tissues up my sleeve because it constantly makes my nose run. As you can tell, I’m not a fan of cold weather.

At 7 p.m. on the dot, 700 lanterns made their way into the sky. It was windy so many people struggled to get them flying. Once several were in the night sky, it was pretty mesmerizing.

There’s something calming about watching a bunch of bright lights float in the sky. And then you remember it’s floating fire and you hope you don’t get burned. FYI, nothing caught on fire.

As the lanterns were released, the Roots Church band was playing in the background. Pastor Jason Gaszak talked about how the event was to bring the community together in a positive way.

For a moment, it felt like I was at the Pawnee/Eagleton unity concert. I was waiting for “Bye, Bye Lil’ Sebastian” to start playing. Maybe I’ll request that song for next year.

(Points to whoever understands the “Parks and Recreation” show reference.)