By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Saturday, June 9, the Water Lantern Festival, presented by One World LLC, will be held from 4 – 9 p.m., at the Route 66 Park, 9901 NW 23rd Street, in Yukon (west side of Lake Overholser). The festival is open to all ages.
The lantern launch window will begin at sundown and continue for 1-2 hours until everyone has had an opportunity to launch their lantern into the water.
The Water Lantern Festival is a family-friendly event, featuring activities, food trucks, music and giveaways. Guests may bring their own food or snacks, if desired. No alcohol or pets allowed
All participants will be given a lantern and a marker to write a personal message on their lantern.
A portion of the proceeds of ticket sales will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City (RMHC-OKC), which provides a “home-away-from-home” to allow families to be near their seriously ill or injured child receiving medical treatment in the Oklahoma City area.
RMHC-OKC opened its first Ronald McDonald House at 1301 NE 14th Street in 1984. In 2015, the Ronald McDonald House opened on the third floor of Garrison Tower at The Children’s Hospital to serve families of children being treated at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center campus
The House features 14 spacious bedrooms and living areas including an Oklahoma City Thunder Playroom for children staying at the House.
“This new fun family event will be something different for Oklahomans to enjoy,” said Susan Adams, RMHC-OKC President and CEO. “We are excited to be a part of the Water Lantern Festival. The glowing lanterns will be a breathtaking sight.”
All lanterns are 100 percent biodegradable.
“This Water Lantern Festival provides a way to share your hopes, dreams, and aspirations,” said Nate Sorensen, Event Director. “It’s honestly a night that you will never forget.”
Ticket prices range depend on how early they are purchased. Adult tickets at regular pricing are $30 until May 31, late pricing is $40 till June 8, and day of the event pricing is $45. Youth, eight – 14 years old, tickets are $12, and kids under seven years old are free.
Each adult ticket provides entry into the festival area and comes with a floating water lantern, keychain, LED flashlight, marker, and wristband.
In addition, the price covers the cost of collecting and removing the lanterns from the water following the event as well as cleaning up any trash that may have been previously in or around the water. The Water Lantern Festival team is committed to ensuring a sustainable event with zero impact to the environment.