The Lantern Fest November 2015 Fayetteville, North Carolina

I didn’t blog as much last year, I was busy trying to sell the old house and fixing the new fixer upper and spent all my weekends on projects. We didn’t get to camp as much either, 2015 was a blur to me. One day I saw a sponsor suggested ads of the Lantern Fest came through my Facebook news feed and it was in Fayetteville, NC. It was a 3 to 4 hours drive, quite a distance for a day’s trip for us. The festival made me think of Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai Thailand, I’ve always wanted to participate but not sure when I’ll have the opportunity to visit Thailand. The 3 to 4 hours drive versus 24 hours airplane ride made the decision easier. I have to say it’s one of the most memorable events that we have attended. It was held at the Fayetteville Motor Speedway.

I’m not sure what went through my dad’s mind but he spoke about the event for several months.

I have to keep reminding Lee that it’s not a hat.

This was our first time and we didn’t know how to light the lantern.

They are coming to Charlotte, NC this year, it’s a 1-hour drive and the decision should be simple right?


  1. I can only imagine how pretty it must look when all the lanterns are released into the night sky. And so neat to see all kinds of people coming together and celebrating this event. Where I live, in a big state with a growing city & population, it’s easy to feel lost and disconnected from others. It seem people are either glued to their cell phones and too busy to acknowledge one another. But once it a while, it’s nice to take a break from all that and celebrate humanity. 🙂

    • We do have a mobile phone culture, and when we are out and about we still have the need to constantly checking our phone and it’s sad to see that we are not enjoying life to the fullest and spend many hours per day looking at the little monitor. This is a nice family event, my only concern is when the lanterns come down and what harm it’ll do to the environment.

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